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Taylor Raddysh has made an immediate impact with the Blackhawks

By Pierce Stephenson
Taylor Raddysh
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Since joining Chicago through the Brandon Hagel trade alongside of two first round picks and Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh has made the most immediate impact for the Blackhawks of all the assets in that deal. Maybe even more so than Hagel has with the Lightning.

Raddysh has 2 goals and 2 assists through his first 4 games as a Blackhawk, making him point per game thus far. He’s gotten a role on the first power play unit, with both of his goals coming on the man advantage. The 6’3” forward has a great shot and he’s also shown off his playmaking ability.

Taylor Raddysh has played 35:21 of 5v5 ice time with Jonathan Toews. In that amount of time, they've been on the ice for 2 goals for and 2 against, a 51.91 xG%, and a 54.55 HDCF%. While Toews has voiced his frustration about the Hagel trade and the state of the Blackhawks organization, him and Raddysh could form some chemistry the rest of the season, and be line mates going forward.

Raddysh never got the chance in Tampa Bay because they’re such a stacked team. There’s so many offensive weapons on the Lightning that it’s hard to crack the top six and power play units. In Chicago, a Blackhawks organization that’s so desperate for young talent, the 24 year old forward fits their needs perfectly. If he keeps this up, Kyle Davidson and company have a potential middle six forward under contract for another 2 seasons after this one for only a 750k cap hit.

It sucks that Brandon Hagel is gone, but it’s nice to see a piece part of that trade already paying off dividends. Hopefully Raddysh keeps it up, he certainly has the skill. Looking at his stats through juniors and the AHL, he might be here to stay.

Stats via naturalstattrick.com

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