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Who Should Fill the Hawks ‘Enforcer Role’? [Poll]

By Andrew Gregory

Mar 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo (13) fights with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin (6) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Since the Chicago Blackhawks, more importantly, Joel Quenneville, insist on having an enforcer or ‘tough-guy’ in the lineup, it is time to stop discussing whether or not there will be one, and start discussing who it should be. When the team gave Daniel Carcillo a training camp/preseason try-out, it basically cemented the fact that the Hawks will have an enforcer on their roster. So let’s review the main options.

Brandon Mashinter

If the Hawks want a player who can bring a little bit of hockey ability into the ‘tough-guy’ role, then they will let Mashinter start. Quenneville has been impressed with Mashinter throughout training camp with his physical play. During the second day of camp, after Cam Barker put a big hit on Teuvo Teravainen, Mashinter continually took runs at Barker. Coach Q adores that type of thing. Last season, in 47 games with Rockford, he compiled 14 goals and 14 assists, but also racked up 79 penalty minutes (PIMS).

Mashinter does not have that much NHL experience, only playing 23 NHL games between the San Jose Sharks, and the New York Rangers.

Daniel Carcillo

Most Hawks fans know the name Daniel Carcillo. His name was engraved right beside Patrick Sharp’s on the Stanley Cup in 2013. He also had some involvement in the Hawks 2010 Stanley Cup victory as well, but he was on the other team. Carcillo was liked by most fans during his stint with the team, but as criticism of the ‘enforcer role’ grows, fans will become less and less fond of any player who displays the type of physicality that he does.

Last year, Carcillo played for the L.A. Kings, but was traded to the Rangers during the season. In 57 games between the teams, he only managed 5 points, and had 100 PIMS.

The fact that Carcillo is a veteran, may give him an edge in the eyes of Quenneville, even though he is not even signed to a contract yet.

Cody Bass

This is simply for the sake of conversation. Bass has gotten into more than a couple fracases during this preseason, and seems to be ‘gloves-off’ in the fight for a roster spot. Last year in 58 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, Bass racked up a whopping 132 penalty minutes. That is over 2 PIMs per game. He added 18 points to his stat line as well.

Bass is the longest of long shots to fill that role, but it is not for a lack of trying on his part.

After reviewing the candidates, who do you believe would fill that role best. Answer our poll to let us know, and comment below!

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