Second Star: Brandon Bollig
Nov 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingBrandon Bollig
(52) with the puck during the first period against the Calgary Flames at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
A surprise to many, Bollig took the Third Star nod in the Blackhawks’ opening week. What wasn’t arguable, however, was if he earned t or not; That answer was an unanimous “yes”. Once again, Bollig has done just that, with a huge game in Winnipeg. Players in the Blackhawks’ core are always the ones expected to get the goals, but the bottom-six forwards were a thorn in the opposition’s side last season, contributing just as much. Bollig was a player that didn’t find himself in the lineup every game, but in the off-season, vowed to change that. Many around Blackhawks’ camp scoffed when reports of Bollig ‘working on his offensive game’ broke out, but he backed it up, scoring the first Blackhawks goal of the year. Bollig is no longer a liability, and has no problem pulling his weight on the ice. A two-point night (the first of his career) against the Jets on Saturday shows that the Blackhawks don’t just have a goon as an enforcer, but one that fits in well with the team’s speedy, skilled lineup.