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A Contract Extension For Alex DeBrincat In Chicago

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Alex DeBrincat Is A Star In The Making

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

DeBrincat is just the 10th player in the last three decades to score more than 68 goals in his first two seasons. His company includes Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos, but not Kane or Toews.

At this rate, he’s due for a new contract next summer with a cap hit pushing $10 million, which would cement his position as a cornerstone for the Hawks’ post-dynasty era.

And yet, he doesn’t carry himself as a cornerstone at all.

“I feel like I’m more quiet in the locker room. I try to stay out of the chirping and stuff,” DeBrincat said. “Those core guys have been there for a long time and are obviously very respected around the league. So especially my first year, I kind of stayed away and kept my mouth shut so I didn’t get in any trouble. I know them pretty well now, and it’s easy to joke around with them, but I had to keep my mouth shut until someone talked to me.”

Despite the lighthearted intentions of the media tour, DeBrincat didn’t stray far from that mouth-shut identity. He seemed amused but rarely delivered the comedy that segment hosts were looking for.

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The Young, Offensive Duo In Chicago

from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

Outstanding offensive performance is mostly what’s behind this streak because the Blackhawks remain one of the worst defensive teams in the league. They allow the fourth-most high danger chances against and the fifth-most scoring chances on net against in the league, not to mention that only two teams allow a higher proportion of their shot attempts against from the slot at 43 per cent.

To win despite that you’ve got to manufacture a lot of offence, and Patrick Kane is getting the most credit for that right now, which makes sense because he’s the Hawks’ best scorer. But did you know that since Jan. 1, Alex DeBrincat has scored 20 goals in 29 games? Only Leon Draisaitl has more over that time.

DeBrincat had a great rookie season last year and this year he’s not just feeding off the great years being put together by Kane and Jonathan Toews. In fact, DeBrincat’s currently forming one of the most explosive third lines in the league with Dylan Strome. Having Kane on one line, Toews on another, the duo of DeBrincat and Strome on a third and watching each of them score at a point-per-game pace or better gives the Hawks the ability to be terrible on defence and still win....

When Strome and DeBrincat are on the ice right now, the puck is zipping around the offensive zone more efficiently than not just most third lines, but a fair amount of first lines around the league, too.

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