Welcome to week seven 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 Blackhawks had the beginning of the week off, before squeaking out a win in the shootout against the Phoenix Coyotes on home ice. The ‘Hawks took a thumping in Nashville for their third regulation loss of the season, but turned it around the next night, soundly defeating the powerhouse San Jose Sharks 5-1.
Third Star: Stan Bowman
Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Stan Bowman becomes the first non-player on the Blackhawks to make the list, but his nomination is not without good reason. Out of the blue on Thursday night, the Blackhawks announced that they re-acquired an old familiar face in Kris Versteeg. The Blackhawks weren’t in a position that cried out for changes, but Bowman pulled the trigger anyway, making not only a great hockey trade, but bringing back a face that old ‘Hawks fans know and love. Versteeg has already notched his first goal (again) with Chicago, and his position on the third line will be a great one, but for now he is on second line duty with Marian Hossa out day-to-day. Bowman’s move was a gutsy one, and it payed off, beefing up the team even more before the trade market snatched Versteeg up.