Marian Hossa – 500 goals,
Marian Hossa – 600 assists
Marian Hossa – 1,100 points
Hossa needs one goal, 10 assists and 11 points to reach the three milestones above. He will become the 44th player to score 500 goals in the NHL.
Brent Seabrook – 900 games played
Brent Seabrook – 400 points
Seabrook may reach 400 points before his 32nd birthday (April 20); he has 367 points in 844 career regular season games coming into the 2016-17 season.
Duncan Keith – 900 games played
Keith skipped the World Cup of Hockey to rehab his knee and is ready to go for Opening Night. He needs to skate in 67 games – the same number he did last year – to reach 900 in his Hall of Fame career.
Brian Campbell – 500 points
Campbell returns to Chicago needing only 13 points to reach 500 in his NHL career.
Niklas Hjalmarsson – 600 games played
He’ll miss Game One, but Hjalmarsson needs to appear in 50 games to reach 600 in his career.
Michal Rozsival – 1,000 games played
Rozy would need to appear in 59 regular season games to reach a major milestone. He’ll begin the season as the Hawks’ eighth defenseman, however.
Patrick Kane – 700 points
Kane finished his MVP season with 663 career regular season points.
Jonathan Toews – 600 points
The Blackhawks’ captain enters the new year with 564 regular season points in his career.
Artem Anisimov – 500 games played
Artem Anisimov – 250 points
Anisimov needs to play in 11 games to reach 500, and needs 16 points to reach 250 for his NHL career.
Corey Crawford – 200 wins
Corey Crawford – 20 shutouts
Crawford needs to win 18 games during the 2016-17 season to reach 200 in his NHL career.
Are some of these milestones significant?
Beginning the 2016-17 season:
- only six players have played 900 games in the Indian Head (Stan Mikita, Bobby and Dennis Hull, Eric Nesterenko, Bob Murray and Doug Wilson). Seabrook and Keith would become the seventh and eighth in franchise history.
- only five players have reached 700 points as a member of the Blackhawks (Mikita, B. Hull, Denis Savard, Steve Larmer and Wilson). Kane would become the sixth.
- Crawford would become the fourth goaltender to win 200 games with the Blackhawks. The other three – Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall and Ed Belfour – are all in the Hall of Fame. His 20th win of the season will push Crawford past Belfour into third all-time among Hawks’ netminders.
Other statistics of note beginning the new season:
- Keith (458) needs 30 points to pass Chris Chelios (487) for third all-time among Blackhawks defensemen.
- Seabrook (85) and Keith (84) could pass Chelios (92) into third all-time in goal scoring among Blackhawks defensemen.
- Crawford’s sixth appearance of the year will be the 332nd of his career, passing Mike Karakas for fourth all-time among Hawks’ goaltenders.