Summer Assignment: What is Andrew Shaw’s 2013 Grade?
Report card Andrew Shaw (Photo Shop by Joe Kremel)
Faceoffs- 202 wins (44% win)
Faceoffs- 85 wins (47% win)
Contract Status– Has one year remaining on his current contract for $575,000 and will become a restricted free agent in 2014.
Summary– Andrew Shaw went from Twitter sensation in 2012 to a solid player in 2013. Shaw started out the season on the #1 powerplay unit and many asked why but really in the end it didn’t matter who was on the powerplay unit. Shaw after a slow start to the season became part of what was the best #3 line in the NHL. Along with Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg the Shaw line was excellent for majority of the shortened season with scoring, checking, and keeping the puck in the Hawks zone. Shaw was in the middle of all of it while always toeing the line between aggressive and reckless. It was interesting in the middle of the season when injuries to Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp occured the Hawks made roster moves to keep these three together because they were playing that great together.
Post-Season- Shaw went to the dark side for a while playing out of control like he did in 2012 when he rolled overMike Smith
. Shaw seemed to find his game even thoughBrandon Saad
had replaced Bickell on the line. They never saw the point production from the regular season, but they still created havoc while giving Quenneville the ability to continue to roll lines. Shaw had a huge momentum gaining goal in Game #1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The thing most Hawks fans probably will remember most is Shaw taking a puck to the face in Game #6 and still coming back to play the rest of the game and being on the ice to raise the Cup!
Pre-Season Prediction– We way over shot Shaw’s stats so if you took the under on 13 goals and 12 assists you were the winner!
Grade– Shaw was in the middle of a lot while being part of a solid line all season long with a post-season winner. Due to some crossing the line stuff I give Shaw a B+ for the 2013 season.
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