Artemi Panarin, the young rookie sniper has shown that he is truly amazing as he leads all rookies in goals, assists, and points. With Kane and Panarin on a line together the Hawks’ offense continues to light up.
The third player on that line who has not received the credit I think he deserves is Artem Anisimov. Russian as well, he has played spectacularly with 15 goals and 9 assists along with a great faceoff percentage of 45.2. These three guys have shown determination and great leadership and have been one of the keys to the Blackhawks success.
In addition to those three players, there have also been role players who have significantly contributed to the Blackhawks success. Dennis Rasmussen and Brandon Mashinter (just to name a few) do their job exceptionally. Although not posting flashy stats, these players have shown they can kill penalties and play solid defense.
The next thing that we must not forget is how well Corey Crawford has been playing. The 31 year old has been amazing as he leads the league with six shutouts and is third in wins. Crawford has really stepped up and shown that he is an elite goaltender.
- Adam Rosenstein