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It’s clear that the play of the Hawks’ defensemen took a step back, during the playoffs. In their defense, though, every playoff game is played against elite competition, unlike in the regular season when teams both good and bad are on the schedule.
Overall, the numbers aren’t awful.
Michal Rozsival played some of the softer competition and received some of the best zone starts, which is why his CF% is the highest. He certainly wasn’t spectacular, during the post-season.
Coach Q’s benching of Nick Leddy is as much of a head-scratcher today as it was when it happened. Leddy’s patience and quality play on the Power Play are an asset to the Hawks. Sure, he made his mistakes, but he was hardly alone, amongst his fellow blueliners.
Johnny Oduya flashed some of his offensive flare, during the playoffs, that he didn’t really do in the regular season. The below 50% CF% is largely due to his zone starts. It was a pretty solid post-season, for Oduya.
Niklas Hjalmarsson’s defensive play was a little off, but he didn’t pick up offensively to make it for the set-back, during the playoffs.
Sheldon Brookbank’s utility role must not be easy. All things considered, he played pretty well, in his limited playoff time. It’s unfair to expect too much from him.
After an excellent regular season, the Hawks’ defensemen were off a little bit. They certainly weren’t awful, but they didn’t give the Hawks the tremendous boost that they normally did during the regular season. They had their moments, but even when they were off, they weren’t the only reason the Hawks aren’t able to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup, this year.
It was still a great season, and they will be back next season.