Jan 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) makes a save as Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) center Jonathan Toews (19) and center Andrew Shaw (65) try for a rebound during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks have a long list of players all with different types of skills and personalities. Some players just focus on their duties and keep pretty quiet while others are vocal and outspoken. The right combination of the two is what brings value to the team. One thing we do know is that Andrew Shaw is at the top of the list for being vocal and outspoken, sometimes maybe a little too much. That’s his style of play though and how he has found a way in the NHL and made his name. Today I would like to take a closer look at the value of Andrew Shaw and what he brings to the ice.
Andrew Shaw has been overlooked throughout his entire hockey career. Whether it was playing junior hockey on the Niagara Ice Dogs or the Owen Sound Attack within the Ontario Hockey League, Andrew Shaw did not have many NHL teams in his corner. He was passed over and went undrafted in both the 2009 and 2010 NHL Entry Draft. This is something that would get most people down and maybe even look for a new profession. Shaw did not give up though, pushing himself further he continued to play hockey the way he always has as a fighter and gritty player.
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In 2011 all of his hard work paid off and he was selected in the 5th round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Back in July before the season started Pat Boyle with Chicago Sports Network did a sit down with Andrew Shaw titled “Inside Look: Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw” which took an in-depth look at Andrew Shaw’s journey from his younger days to a 5’11” 179 lb forward starting for the Chicago Blackhawks. In the interview Shaw gives his insight to Pat Boyle on why the Chicago Blackhawks chose him. Shaw explained, “They saw the work ethic, and I was willing to do whatever it took to win.” “I always think I surprise people with scoring ability or a little bit of the offense I have in me. I’m the kind of guy that’s going to go to the net. There (are) not a lot of guys that do that sort of thing – a guy that is willing to take a beating to get there – so I think they saw that and they like that. We’ve got a lot of skill here in Chicago, but … I think they knew they needed a little grit.”