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    The Chicago Blackhawks, who grabbed DeBrincat with their first pick at No. 39, are reaping the rewards of some serious short-sight by many GMs because the 19-year-old appears to be well on his way to stardom.
    DeBrincat lit up Anaheim on Monday by scoring three times in less than 20 minutes, and he now has 10 goals on the season. Nine of those have come in the last 12 games, and it's beginning to look like DeBrincat might be a perennial 25-35 goal scorer.
    "He does all the things that scorers do," coach Joel Quenneville said. "How good he's going to be, it'll be fun to watch that play out because he has the makings of being a special player."
    So special that he's drawing comparisons to a young Patrick Kane and is suddenly a contender for the Calder Trophy for the league's best rookie.
    Said linemate Patrick Sharp: "He's gaining confidence, more and more every day. He's got that scoring touch."
    That was true in the OHL, a junior league known for its scoring, where DeBrincat scored a whopping 167 times in 191 games.
    Scoring at will against other teenagers is one thing. Continuing to contribute and score on a regular basis in the NHL is another, and many wondered if DeBrincat could keep it up.
    "He's always been against it in his career -- not a big guy," Quenneville said. "The big test for him is how would he be able to handle guys that are much bigger, stronger, experienced? I've got to commend him how well he's fit in."
    Quenneville has been effusive in his praise of DeBrincat's awareness without the puck and understanding the Hawks' structure. He often ends up in the slot -- a perfect place to snap off his wicked wrister or one-timer -- and he's making defensemen regret losing track of him.
    A perfect example came late in the first period Monday when DeBrincat slid to the right of Ducks goalie John Gibson and tapped his stick on the ice as Nick Schmaltz circled behind the net. Schmaltz zipped a pass to DeBrincat, who one-timed the shot home for a 2-0 Hawks lead.
    DeBrincat went on to knock in a rebound of a Ryan Hartman shot, and he notched the hat trick by tapping in a perfect Patrick Kane pass to complete a 2-on-1 rush.


    DeBrincat chalked up his big night to "puck luck," but there's nothing lucky about this hot streak by the Hawks' youngest player. He's combining high-end speed and hockey IQ and is now one of the team's biggest scoring threats.
    Only five players have scored 10 or more goals from the 2016 draft: Matthews (No. 1 overall), Laine (2nd), Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk (6th), Arizona's Clayton Keller (7th) and DeBrincat (39th).
    As for playing with a chip on his shoulder for how far he fell? DeBrincat said that's not the case at all.
    "No, I was just relieved to go to such a great organization," he said. "It helped that I was their first pick. It's always nice to be that and be the top guy in the organization.
    "I didn't really care where I went. I just wanted to go to a good team and hopefully I (could) contribute down the road."
    Two months ago it was unclear where that road would lead. Now, it's beginning to look like it's a straight shot to greatness.






    • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Alex DeBrincat plays against the Nashville Predators in the third period


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    Kid is a sniper. Will be a +30 goal guy. Don't worry about his size as much. Solid.

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    The goals are great but they are definitely coming because he has improved in other areas. Early on, he looked overmatched and his blueline turnovers were brutal. He has simplified things and gained that confidence. Glad to see it, depth scoring is something this team definitely missed last year.

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    The goals are great but they are definitely coming because he has improved in other areas. Early on, he looked overmatched and his blueline turnovers were brutal. He has simplified things and gained that confidence. Glad to see it, depth scoring is something this team definitely missed last year.
    True dat. The forth line is definitely helping in that regard and eating up minutes too keeping other players a little more rested.
    Finally, a forth line I can love. The Cat has to be moved up to the top too lines at some point I would think.
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    I don't get a chance to watch many Hawk games. How does his size compare to Mr. Kane? In the games that I have watched, he loos like he really has a great gift as a scorer. He gets the puck away with great skill and appears to be always in a good position to score or assist.

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    I don't get a chance to watch many Hawk games. How does his size compare to Mr. Kane? In the games that I have watched, he loos like he really has a great gift as a scorer. He gets the puck away with great skill and appears to be always in a good position to score or assist.
    Smaller than Kane.... D-cat weighs 160-170lbs

    Imagine when he gets stronger... dude is gonna be scary good.

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    Smaller than Kane.... D-cat weighs 160-170lbs

    Imagine when he gets stronger... dude is gonna be scary good.

    we shall call him Littlefoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkWriter View Post
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    The goals are great but they are definitely coming because he has improved in other areas. Early on, he looked overmatched and his blueline turnovers were brutal. He has simplified things and gained that confidence. Glad to see it, depth scoring is something this team definitely missed last year.
    In El Gato's defense: He didn't look any more overmatched at the blue line nor were his turnovers any more brutal than our 3 captains.

    Now that he's found his grove he's making those three look like Arkhipov, Quint, and Odelien...

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    Okay, to be fair to Toews who got the gorilla off his back, maybe he looks more like Kyle Calder in comparison.
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    I get the Steve Sullivan vibe from the big cat... is it in my head?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MassHavoc View Post
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    I get the Steve Sullivan vibe from the big cat... is it in my head?
    Hmmm, I can see some of that.
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    I can see that...but I'd liken him more to Marty St. Louis...but I'm a fucking ray of sunshine like that.
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    Imagine if teuvo time was still here. Teuvo and Cat would be fun to watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
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    Imagine if teuvo time was still here. Teuvo and Cat would be fun to watch
    Then Bigfoot would still be here

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    Then Bigfoot would still be here
    duh where da fuk am I going to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MassHavoc View Post
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    I get the Steve Sullivan vibe from the big cat... is it in my head?
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    I can see that...but I'd liken him more to Marty St. Louis...but I'm a fucking ray of sunshine like that.
    I'll admit there are some rose-colored glasses here, but I heard someone making a comparison to Brett Hull. Mainly because it's an undersized player who just seems to know how to put the puck in the net, despite not having the speed that other smaller players typically do.

    Again, admittedly a stretch. But I can see the point being made.

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    I think I went for Sullivan because of the size and style and I didn't want to overshoot it with a guy like St. Louis, both great players, but I think St. Louis was more skilled.
    Roooooooadddhouse....

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    So here's this IGT from the undefeated guy?


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