Summer Assignment: What is Marian Hossa’s Grade?
Report Card Marian Hossa (Photoshop Credit to Joe Kremel)
Contract– Hossa is signed through the 2021 season at a cap hit of $5,275,000 per season
Summary– This may not have been Hossa’s greatest season, but he like most of his teammates had a way to make things exciting with a flair for the dramatic. Hossa scored overtime game winners while being his usually excellent two-way self. Hossa even when making a turnover has the ability to win back the puck without causing any damage. Hossa missed eight games due to injury during the back end of the shortened season but made it back for the playoffs. Hossa did achieve a cool milestone by playing in his 1,000 career game.
During the playoffs Hossa never went on a dominate stretch but even though he was called out by Tony Amonte after missing Game #3 of the Stanley Cup playoffs nobody will ever question is desire or his worth to the Blackhawks ever again. Hossa dealing with back issues that caused him to be unable to feel his feet played in the last three games of the Finals all wins by the Hawks, and even though he didn’t look like a superstar he was almost a calming force for the rest of the Hawks that they knew he was out there along side them. Hossa obviously made the right decision before the 2010 season because now he has 2 cups in 4 season with the Blackhawks.
Pre-Season Prediction– We over shot Hossa’s prediction by putting his numbers at 21 goals 31 assists. Missing 8 games didn’t help but he wasn’t at a pace to achieve those even if he played 48 games.
Grade- Hossa is the best two-way player on the team and can dominate but didn’t play much of the season healthy but still set a high standard and really helped calm the young players with his presence in the pivotal Game #4 in Boston. I give him a B+ for the 2013 shortened season.
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