Welcome to Week Ten of Blackhawk Up’s 2013-14 Three Stars of the Week. As the title says, we will count down the top three performers in the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup over the past seven days, and analyze their contribution to the team. These players don’t have to be the guys with the most points, or ice time, but the players that really stepped up their game, and made a positive impact.
The halfway point of the NHL season inches closer and closer, and the Blackhawks finally hit a bump in the road in week 10. The ‘Hawks returned home from a successful road trip, only to lose 3 straight games, to the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and Anaheim Ducks, all in four days. The Blackhawks finally got back on track on Sunday, beating the lowly Florida Panthers by a score of 6-2.
Third Star: Jeremy Morin
When the Blackhawks hit a losing streak like the one they did in the past week, you are forced to look beyond the score-sheet to find out who the true players are. Although Jeremy Morin only played in three of the Blackhawks’ four games this week, his play shows that the prospect is on track to becoming an NHL regular very soon. Morin was called up to fill the roster spot left by Rockford IceHogs teammate Brandon Pirri, and although Morin only put up a combined 23:04 of ice time in the last week, he played big minutes. Morin scored his first goal of the season in his first game back with the ‘Hawks against Minnesota, and followed it up with an assist on Sunday for two points. Morin attempted 9 shots on goal in the Blackhawks’ last three games, a team-high during that span. Morin was a coach’s dream in the last three games: he kept his shifts short, was a hard back-checker, and played with a grit and determination Blackhawks fans were waiting to see in Chicago.