Chicago Blackhawks: Bryan Bickell Is Your New Dustin Byfuglien

July 23rd, 2010 by Jeff Hicks Leave a reply »
For all the bleeding hearts in Blackhawk Nation that pine for the days of the curly-haired, soft-spoken Dustin Byfuglien and his on-ice celebrations, fear not.

A new and improved version has been with the team all long. His name is Bryan Bickell, and he is what Byfuglien should have been.

At first glance, Bickell looks like nothing special, as his career point total is a massive six (five goals, one assist). Those stats have mainly been accrued on the fourth line and in garbage minutes when he was a fill-in.

If you look at his minor league stats, he has not lit up the world either. The most points he gathered in Rockford was 39 (Buff had a high of 44 in the AHL).

So what's the big deal with him?

He is not the numbers guy you may expect big guns like Patrick Kane and company to be, but he is a big body who is full of energy and has a "can-do" attitude that a lot of guys with his talents tend to shy away from.

That same "can-do" attitude is what kept Big Buff from reaching his potential with the Hawks.

Bickell is built in the same mold as Byfuglien. The aforementioned big-build, solid skating, and bo ...

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