The Chicago Blackhawks need to extend these three players

It would be wise to re-sign Nick Foligno, Petr Mrazek, and Colin Blackwell.
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Petr Mrazek

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Mrazek has been wonderful in goal this season. He has a 3.04 goals-allowed average to go with a .910 save percentage. He has been in goal for eight of the team's 10 wins this season. The most important part of his game this season is he has avoided a traditional stay on IR. (knock on wood).

The Chicago Blackhawks need him to stand on his head most nights to have a shot at winning. He was a big reason the Blackhawks picked up a huge victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

The other reason this team needs him after this season is Soderblom has been struggling. Arvid is playing in his first full NHL season, and it is not going well. Soderblom is giving up an average of four goals per game with a .872 save percentage. He has been chased off as of late too.

It might not be time to give up on Soderblom, but he is trending toward a backup goalie career. That means the franchise needs to search for a long-term No. 1 netminder.

Drew Commesso is currently playing in his first AHL season in Rockford. He probably will not be ready for even a call-up until midway through next season. Jaxson Stauber is the only other goalie the franchise has signed in their system. He played in five NHL games last year, but he got a lot of help. Stauber also is probably nothing more than a backup goalie.

That means Davidson needs to consider bringing back Mrazek, who is set to be a free agent, for one or two more seasons. Mrazek should have trade value with his strong play. Considering the weak state of the goaltending position's immediate future, it might be best to keep Mrazek around rather than get a third-round pick.

Mrazek is no All-Star goalie, but he can man the position professionally until Commesso is ready for an NHL workload. Although, if Davidson gets a second-round pick offer before the trade deadline, then he should consider signing a stopgap goalie in the offseason.