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Summer Assignment 2014: Brandon Bollig

By Keith Schultz

May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig (52) with the puck during the second period of game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Bollig Regular Season

Games: 82

Goals: 7

Assists: 7

Points: 14

+/- -1

Hits– 203

Blocked Shots– 22


Brandon Bollig Post-Season

Games: 15

Goals: 0

Assists: 1

+/- -6


Blocked Shots-6


Over/Under Prediction– 0 Goals 2 assists

Season Review

This season started very ominous with Bollig scoring the first goal of the season on a rebound.


Bollig was on probably the most consistent line of the season with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith.  The problem with Bollig during the season was the more he became closer to a legit NHL player the further he strayed from his purpose.  The further he got away from his purpose the more his game overall started to slip.

Bollig was pretty good 4th liner all the way up until the Olympic break with him even skating away a few times when you thought for sure he would drop the gloves. Bollig scored a career high 7 goals and 7 assists and was rewarded with a 3 year extension but it seemed like the extension was the day he became the Bollig of old not this new version.

In the playoffs Bollig wasn’t noticeable and was scratched on occasion but when the going got tough Joel Quenneville still dressed #52 even if he tightened the bench and only gave Bollig 4 or 5 minutes and in the end the Hawks failed in the third period and one can look to Quenneville’s decision not to roll four lines in the playoffs and shorten the bench as it’s one of the reasons we are writing reviews instead of reporting on the Finals.

Grade- C-  Bollig had career high’s but in the end he wasn’t able to bring a high level of play to the playoffs when it mattered the most.

What is your Grade for Bollig?

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