Frozen Tools Forensics: Alex DeBrincat

Chris Liggio

2018-09-07

 

It seems like ages ago when the Chicago Blackhawks ran the gauntlet and established their dynasty era with three Stanley Cup victories over the course of six seasons. Now though with captain Jonathan Toews not attaining the 60-point plateau in three campaigns, while potentially entering an early decline at only 30 years old, things are quite frankly looking bleak in the Windy City. Alas when you’ve won three titles in a brief amount of time like them, you can stand to stink up the place for some time. A team that serves perfect example to the aftermath of success in the salary cap era, these days sees the squad littered with many unheralded names beyond what’s left of the championship core. Thankfully, a bastion of hope surfaced in 2017-18, with the emergence of young right winger Alex DeBrincat to cauterize the bleed somewhat for their fan base. Though he’s far from enough to reverse this team’s fortunes in real life, he is there to be had as a sneaky piece in fantasy to help aid in your quest for a title.

 

 

While we can delve into overall production, the most promising and impressive information above is the phenomenal consistency in point output from the rookie winger. With 13 in every quarter, DeBrincat showcased an ability to be reliable offensively in his first year. Not something that is so easy for many players getting their feet wet in the world’s premier league on top of playing a full campaign. A scoring force in his time with the Erie Otters of the OHL, the right winger scored 167 goals over the course of three seasons in junior with only one of those campaigns exposed to generational talent Connor McDavid. He arguably became a better goal scorer after McDavid left for the NHL, case in point: 65 goals in 63 games played in 2016-17. That ability to be an offensive catalyst without perceived higher skill players flanking him translated to the NHL immediately. Seeing a smorgasbord of line mates in year one with Chicago, he was able to create chemistry with seemingly whomever he was deployed. Keep in mind he rarely if ever saw time with Patrick Kane at even strength, so the fact he put up 50-plus points is that much more noteworthy. Had the likes of Brock Boeser, Mathew Barzal, and Clayton Keller not shown up this season, we’d all be talking more about DeBrincat as he’d have been a Calder Trophy finalist.

 

More so than any other rookie, DeBrincat’s campaign is the one amongst all first years to take notice of the most in my opinion. Since he saw the likes of Ryan Hartman and way-past-his-peak Patrick Sharp as his most