To Chicago Blackhawks fans, he is perhaps the most polarizing player on the Blackhawks’ roster. To Erik Gustafsson, he had a breakout season last year that probably made him wish there were more games on the schedule.
In the 2018-19 campaign, Gustafsson’s 60 points ranked him 6th among NHL defensemen, while also scoring 17 goals, which tied him for 3rd in the same vein.
Gus will not only be looking to repeat his breakout season, but will be looking to secure a huge payday with one year left on his contract.
With the Blackhawks’ current cap situation and other key players needing a new deal, such as Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome, Gustafsson’s payday will likely come from another team.