Apr 19, 2024 - Sports

Chicago Blackhawks finish terrible season

Blackhawk player Conor Bedard playing on the ice.

Connor Bedard stickhandles against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on April 6. Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Blackhawks' historically bad season is over.

The big picture: The team amassed a franchise-record 54 losses, but the future looks bright with a slew of young players.

The best: Connor Bedard. The No. 1 overall pick lived up to the hype, leading the team in points, goals and assists. He broke his jaw halfway through the season, which forced him to miss a number of games.

  • Philipp Kurashev flashed, too.

The worst: The defense was a far cry from the days of Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith shutting down opponents. The 'Hawks pay defenseman Seth Jones a pretty penny, but he battled injuries and was largely ineffective this season. The goaltending was abysmal.

Lowly stat: Their road record was 7-33-1. Yikes.

Yes, but: The 'Hawks will be at the top of the 2024 draft, with a 13.5% chance to land the overall No. 1 pick.

What's next: The draft lottery will take place in early May.

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