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The 2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 92nd season for the team.

The pre-season began on September 19 and ended on September 30, 2017; the regular season began on October 5, 2017 and ended on April 7, 2018.

The Blackhawks finished the season with 76 points (19 points out of the final playoff spot) to finish in last place in the Central Division of the Western Conference; it marked the first time since 2008 where the Blackhawks failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs and the team's worst regular season performance since 2007.

Prior to the season, the Blackhawks made several moves in an attempt to make up for the prior season's playoff disappointment.

As a result, the team traded their second-leading goal scorer from the prior season, Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets for former Blackhawk Brandon Saad. In addition, the team traded arguably their most reliable defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Connor Murphy.

Numerous other moves were made in an attempt to change the team and forward Marian Hossa announced he would not play for the Blackhawks during the season due to a skin condition that was aggravated by wearing hockey equipment. As a result, he was placed on long-term injured reserve.

Patrick Kane led the team in scoring with 76 points while rookie forward Alex DeBrincat led the team in goals with 28.

The Blackhawks had five players score 20 or more goals: DeBrincat, Kane (27), Nick Schmaltz (21), Artem Anisimov (20) and Jonathan Toews (20).

Goaltender Corey Crawford only played in 28 games during the season, missing the final 47 games of the season with an undisclosed injury.

Despite the disappointing season, team president John McDonough announced that general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville would return for the 2018–19 season.

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Player SigningsEdit

  • June 26, 2017: Anton Forsberg (2-year, $1.5 million)
  • June 26, 2017: Tomas Jurco] (1-year, $800,000)
  • June 27, 2017: Ville Pokka (1-year, $650,000)
  • July 14, 2017: Erik Gustafsson (1-year, $650,000)
  • March 6, 2018: Erik Gustafsson (2-year, $2.4 million contract extension)
  • March 8, 2018: Jan Rutta (1-year, $2.3 million contract extension)
  • March 26, 2018: Dylan Sikura (2-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract)
  • March 26, 2018: Joni Tuulola (2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract)
  • March 27, 2018: Blake Hillman (2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract)
  • April 13, 2018: Dennis Gilbert (3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract)
  • May 21, 2018: Lucas Carlsson (3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract)
  • June 7, 2018: Andreas Martinsen (1-year, $650,000 contract extension)
  • June 12, 2018: Henri Jokiharju (3-year, $3.8375 million entry-level contract)
  • June 15, 2018: John Hayden (2-year, $1.5 million contract extension)
  • June 15, 2018: Vinnie Hinostroza (2-year, $3 million contract extension)

2017 NHL Entry Draft PicksEdit

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 29 Henri Jokiharju D Finland Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2 57 Ian Mitchell D Canada Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
3 70 Andrei Altybarmakyan RW Russia SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL)
3 90 Evan Barratt C USA U.S. NTDP (USHL)
4 112 Tim Soderlund C Sweden Skelleftea AIK (SHL)
4 119 Roope Laavainen D Finland Jokerit U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga)
5 144 Parker Foo LW Canada Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
5 150 Jakub Galvas D Czech Republic HC Olomouc (Czech Extraliga)
7 215 Josh Ess D USA Lakeville South (USHS)