The Blackhawks offense has been firing on all cylinders during this road trip and they have finally started to look like a team that should take home Lord Stanley come June. All of the big guns have gotten it done and the role players are doing exactly what they are supposed to do. A guy that has been overlooked so far this season is Kris Versteeg. Kris Versteeg was under the most scrutiny after a trade sent Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen to Florida in exchange for the former Hawks winger. The Hawks gave up some young talent in hope that Kris Versteeg would bring a little more fire power to an already potent offense. That didn’t happen as Versteeg racked up only ten goals and nineteen assists in sixty-three games for the Hawks and was invisible during the playoffs. During the offseason everyone and their mother, especially mine, was calling for Versteeg to be traded. However, I was a little more hesitant in shipping Versteeg out of Chicago once again.
2013-2014 was Versteeg’s first full season after only playing ten games in 2012-2013 before suffering a knee injury that required surgery and caused him to miss the rest of the season. So Versteeg spent the offseason rehabbing his knee and focusing primarily on getting healthy instead of getting better. This past offseason Versteeg didn’t need to worry about getting healthy. His sole focus was on getting better and proving he could still be an offensive force. That is exactly what he did.
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So far this season he has played twenty games and has amassed seven goals and eleven assists as well as a plus ten rating. That’s eighteen points in twenty games if you’re keeping score at home. A healthy Versteeg is just another weapon on a loaded Blackhawks roster. And keep in mind, Patrick Sharp has missed the past few weeks with a knee injury, so just imagine when he comes back, which could be as soon as Wednesday.
So let’s give credit where credit is due and recognize what a fine job Kris Versteeg has done this year and let’s hope he can keep up this pace for the rest of the year. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment how you feel about Versteeg. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BlackhawUp and on Facebook.