May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) 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
The calendar has finally turned to September and so it’s time to bring back one of our traditional favorites over/under. We predict the Blackhawks players stats and you tell us if you think they will go over or under those stats! It’s a fun way to preview the season and we look forward to your comments! Is It October 9th in Dallas yet?
The man, the myth, the legend himself. Marian Hossa is arguably the best all-around player on the Hawks, as well as the NHL. He has a big shot, crafty skills, and just plain good offensive sense, when he has the puck. The catch is that he is EVEN BETTER without the puck. Hossa can muscle any player off the puck, and he pursues the puck like no one else currently in the NHL. He would get more Selke recognition if the voters would remember that the award isn’t just exclusive to centers.
The actual catch with Hossa is his age and health. Hossa is 35-years old, which is the twilight of most NHL careers, and his will likely be no exception. Since joining the Hawks, in 2009, Hossa has missed a total of 71 regular season games. Although, he has (only) missed 19 games in the past 3 seasons, one of which being the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season. He missed 10 games last season, and that should increase or stay about the same this season, as Head Coach Joel Quenneville wisely knows when to push and when to rest players, especially Hossa.
If you’re just looking at “counting stats” Hossa is a well-above average point producer, and well-above average defensive forward. If you were to look at average and percentage stats, Hossa is an elite player.
2014-2015 over/under- 70 games played, 26 goals, 28 assists, 54 points, 60% Corsi For Percentage.
It’s probably best to just assume that Hossa will miss at least 10-15 games this season. This is a good way of tempering unreasonable expectations, on the all-world forward that Hossa is. It will be wise to expect slight dips in Hossa’s point production, from here through the end of his career. Nothing dramatic, all at once, but likely little-by-little, every season. However, what will likely not drop is his defensive prowess and puck-smarts that allow him to have such high possession numbers(Corsi For Percentage). With the Hawks’ roster being even more offensively and possession minded, Hossa’s posession numbers will see an increase, and he will still be the main catalyst in the Hawks’ responsible puck-management, stingy defensive, and high-powered offensive games.
I told you he was important.
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