(670 The Score) Though they missed the playoffs, the Blackhawks believe they made progress in their 2021 season toward sustaining success once again. A key part of that future is 23-year-old forward Alex DeBrincat, who had 32 goals in 52 games.
Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton believes DeBrincat has already turned into a star and has even brighter days ahead, as he told the Mully & Haugh Show on Thursday morning.
"He had an excellent season, and I think he had an elite two-way season," Colliton said. "His play away from the puck was excellent. Obviously, his production is easy to point to. But a lot of that comes from how he plays away from it. You know, his pressure, his skating, his work ethic, his competitiveness.
"Very big positive and he's still -- '97 born."
A second-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2016, DeBrincat has quickly emerged as a core piece. He has 119 goals and 110 assists in 286 career NHL games.
The Blackhawks finished 24-25-7 in the shortened 56-game season. Listen to Colliton's full interview below.