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Andrew Shaw, The Most Valuable Non-Core Member of the Chicago Blackhawks

By Brian Kinkade

May 26, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during game four of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 5-2 to take a 3-1 series lead. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Whether you like it or not, popular Chicago Blackhawks forward, Andrew Shawis the Most Valuable member of the team, that is not part of the inner-most core.

He likely never will be part of the core, either.  However, that doesn’t make him any less valuable and effective as what he is.  He will never quite be as valued as the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kaneor Duncan Keith, but he fills a huge role.

Shaw is a change of pace; a different flavor, if you will.  With the likes of players like Toews, Kane, and fellow core members Patrick Sharp and Brandon SaadShaw is a grittier player.

Sorry, meatballs that believe more grit is always the answer, that isn’t the case here.  Shaw’s grit is somewhat necessary, but it’s more the juxtaposition of his grit, within the Hawks’ lineup that is the point of Andrew Shaw.  When opponents scout the Hawks, Shaw can be difficult to account for, as long as he is playing along the right linemates, which could be just about any forward, on the Hawks’ roster.

Shaw has grit, yes, but he also has some offensive ability.  Not a lot, but a decent amount, especially for a team with as much offensive fire-power.  He is a huge part of the Hawks’ secondary-scoring, which is often times what decides games, in today’s NHL that features more parity than it ever has before.

Shaw’s grit along with his decent offensive abilities make him very versatile, which is vital with Coach Q’s infamous lineup blender.  Shaw has a decently balanced game, with a bit more of a focus on grit, than offense, which makes him very qualified to fit in anywhere, in the lineup, given that his abilities are more unique, on the Hawks offensive/possession powered offense.

Andrew Shaw has come a long ways, since his NHL debut.  Shaw sort of came out of nowhere, as fans awaited Kyle Beach, which didn’t exactly pan out.  Shaw has worked his way from middling process, to being a very important player on one of the best teams, in the NHL.  While the sky isn’t exactly the limit, it doesn’t have to be, as the Hawks will hope Shaw keeps on the trajectory that he’s currently on.

The guy’s got one Stanley Cup, so something’s working.