Alex DeBrincat has had an incredible season with the Chicago Blackhawks so far. So much so that he is going to be in that All-Star Game for the first time in his career. He is the lone representative for the Hawks, even over guys like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Seth Jones.
DeBrincat leads the team in goals with 26. He also has 10 assists which have him second on the team in scoring (only behind Kane) at 36 points. It has been a marvelous year for him while playing on a team that is mostly bad.
On Wednesday, however, the team had an offensive outburst as they won 8-5 over the Detroit Red Wings. Allowing five is certainly not good but scoring eight is wonderful. In that game, two goals and one assist were put on the board by DeBrincat. He seems to love playing against the Red Wings.
It is notable because DeBrincat comes from Farmington Hills, Michigan. The Red Wings are obviously the hometown team for him. In 16 career games against them, he has 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. Being that far over a point per game is impressive vs any team but being his hometown team has to feel extra special.
Alex DeBrincat has been outstanding in his career against the Detroit Red Wings.
Of course, for most of Alex DeBrincat’s NHL career, his hometown team in the Red Wings was a disaster. They have been rebuilding for a few years and lost a lot of games but that doesn’t take anything away from this accomplishment. Scoring at that level against any team is extremely hard.
The Red Wings are also a much better team this year and DeBrincat still owned them. Detroit is probably going to come up just short but they are considered a bubble team in the Eastern Conference. Over the next few years, they are going to become a powerhouse.
It is fair to wonder about the future of Chicago’s leading goal scorer. He is still pretty young but it isn’t like he is on an entry-level deal. In fact, he might even be getting a significant raise from his current 6.4 million dollar deal in the summer of 2023. That is going to be a really hefty contract.
It is hard to see Chicago being back in a competitive window by that time with the way that their roster is constructed. There is a good chance that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane depart around that time as well. Trading DeBrincat now might get the Hawks the biggest haul that they can get.
That is all another problem for another day, however. DeBrincat has had a magnificent season and he has really elevated his game when playing against those Detroit Red Wings. That will always warm the hearts of Blackhawks fans. Hopefully, he is able to keep it going for the rest of the year.