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Chicago Blackhawks 2014-2015 Over/Under Preview- Andrew Shaw

By Skylar Peters

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?

Today, we look at one of the Blackhawks’ bottom-six forwards, one that has embraced his gritty, style and quickly became one of the teams’ workhorses; Andrew Shaw.

Shaw has been a staple on the ‘Hawks third-line for the past several years, and thus, has contributed to Chicago’s strong offense with a bottom-six contribution on a night-in, night-out basis. Shaw can do it all; fight, win faceoffs, make hits, and even score the odd clutch goal, although it’s usually off of his shin-pads.

The Blackhawks have Shaw under contract for two more seasons, with his two-year extension ending after the 2015-16 season. Still in his early 20’s, the Blackhawks could be looking for a few more years of Shaw’s services, if he delivers his trademark game in the next two years.

Last year, Shaw put up 20 goals, 39 points, and a solid +12 rating, playing in all but two games. This year, with the Blackhawks’ offense expected to be one of the league’s best once again, Shaw will also be expected to put up numbers as good or better than last season.

Playing in his second full season in the NHL, Shaw will have to focus on his health, as a gritty game such as his can take a toll on a player over the course of 82 games. If Shaw can dress for a good number of games, the Blackhawks will likely be gifted with the forwards’ best season to date.

2014-2015 over/under– You can look for some improvement in Shaw’s game, although it won’t be by a huge margin; we predict 21 goals and 24 assists, totalling 45 points, playing in 81 games.

Shaw will likely settle in on the the third line once again, but in case of injury, the chemistry he developed inside the top-six during last year’s post-season will give him an opportunity for career-high totals.

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