Alex DeBrincat Scores #50

On Monday afternoon, Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat scored his 50th goal of the 2016-17 season. In doing so, DeBrincat becomes the first American-born player to score 50 or more goals in three consecutive OHL seasons.

32 thoughts on “Alex DeBrincat Scores #50

  • February 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Other than the the top 7 scorers on the Hawks YTD, Alex has scored more than ALL the rest combined! Any chance he could join the team for the playoffs?? Maybe just the last 20 games of the season ? Sure could use the offence!!

  • February 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    2 goals , one assist-
    107 points

  • February 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Debrincat, since he was returned to his Junior must stay in junior until the Otters season is over. Looking at their record, I doubt he’s available.

  • February 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Playing with Strome and Raddysh with teens is different than the best players (men) in the World. He’s good but he probably needs a season in Rockford.

  • February 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    He is short but he’s solid. Plus he doesn’t shy away from contact and actually has a bit of an edge. It remains to be seen but I don’t think his size will make him play tentative or intimidated in the NHL. The one area that will determine the level of success in the NHL is his burst or rather lack of burst. From the reports I’ve read his full throttle speed is fine but it takes him a few strides to get there. That short area quickness is vital for a small guy to keep from getting pinned on the boards by larger players. If he can improve on that, be it over the summer or with a year in Rockford, I think he can make it in the NHL.

  • February 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Agreed. And playing in Rockford next year will let that elc slide, again. He could be the next Martin St Louis…or he could be Robby Schremp…who he’s about to pass for career ohl goals by an American.

  • February 20, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I’m thrilled that the Hawks drafted Debrincat. Let’s face it, part of the fun of being a fan is anticipating and watching the development of exciting, new young players. The FO deserves much credit for continuing to find and add players like Breadman, ‘Cat, Fortrin and Forsling despite never having a high draft choice since Kane.

  • February 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I really think he shouls go to Rockford for at least 1/2 year ..Minimum but i think he will need probably 1 1/12 year in Rock….he is a kid. I tought Motte was going to play a few months in Rock but now i think he needs more then a full year …those kid will probably need 2-3 years before they are NHL ready …Junior hockey is a few step behing Ahl …Alexandre Daigle was a super star in Junior and became a nobody in NHL because he was sent to fast in the big league…but i am not a professionnal …probably that i am wrong ?

  • February 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Dcat will probably reach 62-65 goals and 125 Pts this year ….

  • February 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    This trade is looking pretty good for Stan. DeBrincat and Chad Krys +salary cap relief for Shaw.

    Long way to go yet for those two prospects but considering Shaw has really struggled elsewhere this season, this deal is heading in the “steal” direction.

  • February 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

    To Ernie’s point about availability-
    Erie has won 14 in a row-to me they make the Memorial Cup unless London beats them. Windsor either is playing possum, as they are automatically in, or they aren’t as good as those 2 teams- ( they thought getting Bracco would put them over the top-it hasn’t)

  • February 21, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Erie has played London 4 times so far. Otters have won the last three by a combined score of 17-5. Their only loss was the second game of the year, and that was without all the members of the top line. Strome,Raddysh (both of them),Debrincat.

  • February 21, 2017 at 7:27 am

    He needs time in the AHL. Unless you are a superstar, juniors to the NHL seldom works

  • February 21, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Kane straight from juniors to NHL. Not bad.

  • February 21, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I watched him at last years prospect camp and he looked real good. Nice wheels good hands and excellent shot. I believe he skated with Motte and Schmaultz on the Friday game day.
    I was and always will be a big Shaw fan, but this kid was worth the trade for the pick from da Habs.

  • February 21, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Probably needs some time in Rockford but that remains to be seen. If he can play, he can stay.

  • February 21, 2017 at 8:59 am

    DeBrincat making the Hawks next season is probably a long shot because most Jr players don’t make that considerable leap without the stepping stone of a season or two in the AHL, but we’ll see.

    Each players path is individually unique, but to put things in perspective, Dylan Strome, DeBrincat’s centerman on Erie was drafted 3rd overall the year before DeBrincat was drafted 39th. He played 7 games for Arizona before getting shipped back to Erie (he was ineligible to play in the AHL due to age). While we rightly laud DeBrincat for his 2+ ppg, Strome has an even higher ppg average.

    That’s not to say DeBrincat has no chance to make the Hawks team next season, only that his team mate who is bigger, scores more and was the overall #3 pick in the 2015 draft couldn’t stick with the dumpster fire team in Arizona.

  • February 21, 2017 at 9:39 am

    re: DeBrincat in Chicago in 17-18 – ICYMI, one of the many ways the Blackhawks now mirror the Red Wings long track record is by seasoning young players inside the organization. Coming into the NHL right out of Junior/College isn’t too common w/ this regime… Hartman, Hinostroza, Saad, Shaw, Leddy, etc all spent at least some time in Rockford. Schmaltz had a brief vacation in the Rock this season, too. Of course a lot can change if he blows the coaches away in training camp, but some other young players coming in likely more physically ready for the NHL (Hayden specifically), DeBrincat could benefit from some run w/ the IceHogs.

  • February 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I watched a lot of OHL games-his skating is deceptive as he slows the play down many times. Compared to some of the real fast skaters in the O, like Garreffa, he doesn’t have those wheels but he has great balance and good speed. (for the ‘O’)
    He is a skilled skater, doesn’t rely on the burst of speed like Hino.
    Super instincts, on the pass and the shot. he just ends up in the right spot at the right time.

  • February 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Strome also has fewer games and has had the luxury of playing all of those games with Debrincat and Raddysh.

    Debrincat didn’t have Strome while he was with the Yotes. And had neither Raddysh or Strome while those 2 were at the WJC.

    2.3 ppg over 23 games. Career 1.52 ppg
    2.09 ppg over 51 games. Career 1.74 ppg

    Mcdavid had a career 1.71 ppg average but 2.5 ppg in his draft year. He also had some rave reviews on Debrincat.

  • February 21, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Before anyone gets toooo excited, remember, this kid did not even get selected for the world junior tournament this year. Although politics can certainly play a part in those selections, it does indicate that Alex is not a “generational” talent like Kane or McDavid.

    I’d settle for a poor man’s St. Louis

  • February 21, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Also, before we always sing Stan’s praises — would you rather have

    Shaw (3.9), Hartman (.9), Danault (.9),Ras /Kero (.7 ) or
    Kruger (3.1), Hartman (.9), Tootoo (.7), Hino(.7), Desi (.8) and Alex 2-3 years from now

    Same cap hit but I like my playoff chances better with Shaw & Danault together with Hartman

  • February 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

    hawkfacts – not sure that’s an apples-to-apples financial model. If Shaw stays, you probably have some combination of Desi/Ras/Kero before Hartman or Danault based on cap hit(s). Also, if we’re going to start including players in 2-3 years, the 2nd round pick the Hawks sent to MTL w/ Danault would have to be there to offset DeBrincat.


    If we back up the truck and consider the Hawks traded Phillip Danault, Andrew Shaw + a 2nd round pick in 2018 to Montreal for Alex DeBrincat, Chad Krys, 19 games of Dale Weise & 23 games of Tomas Fleischmann…. still doesn’t feel like an overwhelming win. But we’ll see how DeBrincat turns out.

  • February 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    It’s actually not the same hit. First is 200k more. And what would you do with Desjardins? Send him to Rockford? Cuz they can do that now and refuse to.

    So your thinking is Shaw and Danault for Kruger and Debrincat? They can’t afford Kruger’s 3.083 for next year so how could they afford Shaw’s 3.9?

    It’s more like Shaw and Danault for Panarin, Kruger, and Debrincat 2-3 years from now. Panarin’s bonuses is the main reason Shaw is gone. Panarin’s bonuses and new contract will be a reason somebody will have to be moved this offseason. It’s the price you pay for high end talent. Fortunately it looks like they may be able to replace some of what was moved out with some high end talent.

  • February 21, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    My point was more that Kruger is only 800k cheaper than Shaw and you would not have Tootoo if Shaw were here. (Basically a wash because Hawks carried 14 forwards all year which they usually do not) Also, Danault would still be around and maybe Hinostroza, Kero, or Rasmassen would still be with the Hogs.

    The Shaw or Kruger money is both problematic for next year. I believe Shaw & Danault is stronger than Kruger and any of those other guys. Tab, I forgot about the 2nd round pick too. Even more to my point

    My comments were made basically to refute Stan….’s comment that the Hawks stole Alex in that trade. I see you removed him anyway.

  • February 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    BMW- is right FO does a good job of finding low round picks and signing free agents that actually make and contribute to the NHL team.

    Also- a good job of staggering when they will be ready- by plucking from all leagues… NCAA/Euro’s are usually older… so typically ready after shorter stints in AHL. Like Hayden- could easily make team next year… or perhaps half/1 whole year Hogs- then ready.

    Ernie- got a job for you… rank the teams By NHL games played out of drafted/Undrafted FA signs over the last 5 years (excluding all top ten draft picks)

  • February 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Even though I love Shawzer we have to do what we have to when we do. Reload again. Walls right by having this many good young guys and good prospects/fa it doesn’t matter whos ready when because theres always someone ready and for good planning or let it roll it is spread out rather nicely.

  • February 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Wall, you want NHL games played for drafted and undrafted free agents from 2012 on?

    Challenge accepted.

  • February 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Finding it difficult to find a good list of undrafted players without doing some massive research. Wikipedia has a decent list, but right off the bat it was missing Panarin and Raanta, so its accuracy is suspect. Here is the rankings of drafted players outside the top 10. From the 2012-2016 drafts. Washington had two giant ones in 2012 in Forsberg and Wilson, 529 games. Connor Carrick also had 107 from that year. Carrick and Forsberg were moved and Wilson isn’t anything much more than a goon. Buffalo had 3 big names in McCabe, Grigorenko, and Girgensons. 592 games between those 3.

    1. Washington-870
    2. Buffalo -801
    3. San Jose -521
    4. Columbus -516
    5. Ottawa – 456
    6. Arizona -429
    7. Carolina -424
    8. Vancouver -406
    9. Nashville. -376
    10. Chicago -358
    11. Detroit -354
    12. Winnipeg -351
    13. St. Louis -347
    14. Boston -345
    14. Tampa Bay- 345
    16. Pittsburgh – 334
    17. Los Angeles- 308
    18. New Jersey -307
    19. Philadelphia -299
    20. Dallas -270
    21. Montreal – 244
    22. Rangers – 232
    23. Anaheim – 231
    24. Islanders -148
    24. Panthers -148
    26. Toronto -106
    27. Edmonton – 102
    28. Colorado -88
    29. Minnesota – 46
    30. Calgary -44

  • February 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Best I can do on undrafted free agents is only have free agents that have played 100 or more games prior to the start of this season. So, no Kero, Kempny, or Raanta. I have included those player current totals as well as include Rasmussen and Panarin. Rasmussen is playing his 100th tonight, 139 for Panarin. Philadelphia and Detroit are the only 2 other teams with more than 1 player that qualified.

    1. Philadelphia. -480. 124 points
    2. Detroit – 414. 141 points
    3. Chicago. -374. 171 points
    4. Tampa Bay -250. 50 points
    5. Washington – 191. 40 points
    6. San Jose – 171. 60 points
    7. Calgary -150 43 points
    8. Montreal -108 29 points

    Detroit had Dekeyser and Brunner. Brunner is no longer in the league.

    Montreal had Sekac who is no longer in the league.

    Where’s my bottle of jack?

  • February 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Ernie- Impressive

    Read at another site… Hawks have had most draft picks in last 10 years….
    near top in Total picks- in last 5 and 3 year time frames…

    so – looks like Hawk FO- is great at the “money-ball” type understanding of drafting!!!

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