By: Brandi Howliet
The Chicago Blackhawks are arguably the most dominant team in the NHL. They are the number one team in the Western Conference with a record of 62 wins and 39 losses. Many believe that the Chicago Blackhawks also have some of the best players in the league such as, Artem Anisimov, Artemi Panarin, and Patrick Kane.
Patrick Kane leads the team with the highest amount of goals scored by a player. Unfortunately the team captain, Jonathan Toews is quite the opposite. Over past 25 games Toews has only scored 3 goals while his teammate Patrick Kane has scored 15 goals.
Toews said, “I just have to keep working and not lose faith.” He’s going to need a lot of faith if he plans on bringing his team to the playoffs, which are shortly arriving, to win the Stanley Cup finals. While Toews is having a hard time getting the goal into an empty net this season, his rookie teammate Artemi Panarin is doing just the opposite.
Panarin entered the NHL in the 2015-2016 season and finished that season with a total of 30 goals. Not bad for a rookie. He recently signed an extension to his contract worth six million dollars a year to stay with the Blackhawks for another two years. When asked about why didn’t he leave Panarin responded saying, “You can’t get all the money in the world. I am very lucky to be apart of this phenomenal team and organization, and I don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.”
Overall, the Chicago Blackhawks are likely to win more victories even though their team captain is struggling a bit this season. With a little bit of help and guidance the Blackhawks will be in the running to claim the Stanley Cup trophy as they have many times before.