It has been almost a month since the Chicago Blackhawks last won a hockey game. A COVID-19 and Christmas pause has been a part of that as well but they are in a major slump right now. They already had bleak playoff chances, to begin with, but now it is even worse. At this point, the main focus should be seeing what they have in certain players.
One of those players is Alex DeBrincat. He has been the exact opposite of in a slump so far this season. In fact, he is one of the best goal scorers in the National Hockey League. He has 21 goals in 34 games. That is a pace for 50 on the dot which is a milestone that only some of the best in the league reach.
Right now, “one of the best in the league” would be a good way to describe DeBrincat just based on statistics alone. His 21 goals are tied with Troy Terry of the Anaheim Ducks and Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers for third-most in the NHL. He only trails Leon Draisaitl (26 goals) of the Edmonton Oilers and Alex Ovechkin (24 goals) of the Washington Capitals for most in the league.
DeBrincat has some insane chemistry with Patrick Kane. That isn’t to say that DeBrincat isn’t only scoring a lot because of Kane because that would be false. We all remember what happened last time we thought that about an elite winger that played with Kane. It sure helps to play with an elite passer like that but DeBrincat is supremely skilled himself.
Alex DeBrincat is currently the best goal scorer on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Honestly, Alex DeBrincat is starting to look like one of the only non-ELC players that the Blackhawks have that isn’t worth exploring a trade right now. He has the shooting talent that you can build a core around. He needs a number one center in the long term because of the fact that Kane won’t be there dishing forever but that could come in time.
The Blackhawks might not win many games this season but seeing someone like DeBrincat succeed like this is impressive. He was a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft but only Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, and Patrik Laine have more career points than him from that class.
DeBrincat and the Hawks are back in action tonight. It is a late one on the local clocks as they take on the Vegas Golden Knights as they continue their west coast swing. Look for DeBrincat to continue bringing his magic to the ice while the team around him tries to keep up.