NHL Players With Something To Prove

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Text: Allan Muir and John Rolfe
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Bryan Bickell

Chicago Blackhawks

Bickell emerged as a game-breaking power forward (nine goals, 17 points in 23 postseason games) during Chicago's run to the Cup, exactly the sort of player that several teams were seeking in free agency. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman recognized how hot a commodity Bickell had become and signed him at full value (four years, $16 million), though he had to trade Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik to create cap space. Even at 27, Bickell remains a work in progress. Stretches of inconsistency are inevitable, but he needs to translate that playoff magic into 25-plus regular season goals. We think he will.

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