Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) skates without his helmet around Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period in game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports
On a team that saw big contributions from all lines during the regular season and the playoffs, Andrew Shaw made his own role count. His 2013 Final Grade was based on his hockey game, which we all saw mature – or at least become a little less reckless – over the course of the short 48-game season. Shaw still has the ability to be in the right place at the right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time – both of which endear him to Chicago Blackhawks fans. Whether he’s limping to the bench after absorbing a big hit, knocked out on the ice with blood all over his face, or deflecting in triple-overtime goals just because he’s that scrappy, Shaw has become a dynamic and beloved part of the team. His eagerness to celebrate doesn’t hurt either.
Shaw spent his preseason playing with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL during the NHL lockout. No one was happier than Shaw that the lockout ended and he could make his way back to the NHL again.
28 games for the Rockford IceHogs: 8 goals, 6 assists
48 games in the NHL: 9 goals, 6 assists
23 games in the NHL postseason: 5 goals, 4 assists
Prediction for the 2013-2014 season: Shaw will have a few magical moments and score 11 goals, 9 assists, and tally a total of 72 stitches by the end of the season.
What’s your prediction for Andrew Shaw next season?