After dropping three straight games while being outscored 15-4, it may be hard to look at things to be thankful for at the present moment.

Even after going winless in the games since their 5-1 spanking of the Canucks, the Blackhawks still sit tied for second in the Western Conference and atop the Central Division with a 12-7-3 record and 27 points. The surprising Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks – who just showed us why they are high in the standings – are the only ones on par with the ‘Hawks.

Last year the Blackhawks were still running on a Stanley Cup hangover with a record of 10-10-2 after playing 22 games, which was only good for fourth in the division and 11th in the Western Conference. They were not getting consistent play from their No. 1 goaltender – at that time was Marty Turco – and Nick Boynton (yuck) was still in the lineup. The new additions to the team had a hard time adjusting to the new scenery, and chemistry wasn’t there after the salary cap purge during the previous offseason.

The Blackhawks may have lost their last three games, but there have been several things that fans should be thankful for so far this season. They have seen great play from their goaltender, from their veterans and young guns, and even some new pieces which were added in the off-season.

Corey Crawford, who took the reigns last year, has been wonderful so far this season and has silenced the critics. Crawford has a 9-6-2 record, a 2.74 GAA and .903 SV%. The Hawks finally have a goaltender who can put the team on his back and carry them during times of struggling offense, which we saw last night. Look for Crawford to continue to get the majority of the starts in net, and be solid for the rest of the season.

Marian Hossa’s consistent play this year can be a part of why the ‘Hawks are having such great success. Hossa had been troubled with injuries since becoming a Blackhawk and hasn’t played more than 65 games in his first two seasons in Chicago. After 22 games last year, Hossa had already missed five games and had 14 points. This year, Hossa has team-highs of 23 points and a plus-11 rating. Hossa is healthier this year, and looks like his legs are fresher after a longer offseason. He is averaging more than a point per game, which is what the Hawks paid him to do, oh yea his defense has been pretty damn good too this year.

The new Patrick Kane has been a pleasant surprise this year. After wrist surgery in the offseason and being moved to center during the preseason, Kane is leading the team with 15 assists, and second on the team with 22 points. Kane and Hossa were finally able to play on the same line which no doubt helped the both of them. Kane has been great not only offensively, but has been unexpectedly better on defense which is a must since he moved to center. This can be seen by his plus-10 rating, which is good for second on the team.

While the defense has been the biggest question mark early this season, Nick Leddy hasn’t. Leddy is in his second year in the league and looks like he has figured it out. Leddy leads all defensemen in points, with 15, and has taken the spot of Brian Campbell. He looks confident on the ice, and has been great with his decision making. He is still young and has some struggles, but he has a lot of time to learn and has a huge upside. Hawks fans should be thankful that Bowman pulled off the trade of Cam Barker (who has been awful) for Leddy.

Last year the Hawks had several guys who underachieved, like Duncan Keith and Victor Stalberg. Keith has been much better this season after having an atrocious year last year. Though he has had a rough stretch over the last couple of games, he came back last night and had a nice rebound game. He has looked a little lost this season at times, but has shown signs of coming out of it, and has found his scoring ways again.

Stalberg, who came in last offseason as a result of the trade of Kris Versteeg, had a rough go of it last year. Expected to be a top six forward, he was only able to amass 24 points in 77 games. This year, he has spent some time skating on the first time with Toews and Hossa, and has 10 points in 19 games so far this year, which is much better than last year. If he continues this pace, Hawks fans will be very happy.

Lastly, new additions to the team have stepped in and gotten the job done. Additions like Daniel Carcillo, Steve Montador, Jamal Mayers, and Sean O’Donnell. Carcillo came in with the reputation of being a hot head and making stupid penalties.

Not so much this season. He has seven points and a plus-7 rating, is second on the team with 42 hits and has skated a majority of the season on the second line. He brings some safety to Kane and has made some very good plays leading to goals.

Montador has played decent on the blue line, and has recently seen success in the slot on the power play picking up a couple of goals.

Mayers has been the enforcer which the Hawks have missed the past couple of seasons and O’Donnell has provided veteran leadership in the locker room.

Oh, and Jonathan Toews continues to prove why he’s one of the best leaders in the league.

Although the Blackhawks have lost the last three games very frustratingly, there is so much to be thankful for this year.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your families, and be thankful that Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks are sitting in a good spot so far this year, and are in a good position to make a run at the Stanley Cup yet again.