Oct 25, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman (5) pressures Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
As I had mentioned earlier Marian Hossa also brings great versatility to the ice each and every night. Even when he is not scoring goals he factors into the Chicago Blackhawks overall play. Whether it comes from his defensive capabilities or his physicality in the dirty areas trying to win the battles, his hockey IQ also brings the additional value to the team. Eddie Olczyk a former player and current analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks preaches the same things of Marian Hossa. When Olczyk was talking on the radio with Kap & Haugh of CSN he said, “His impact is a lot greater on this team right now away from the offensive side of the puck and that matters, especially when it comes playoff time. Defense wins, and when you’re able to have guys that are able to forecheck and put guy in positions with the puck and take away options, Marian Hossa’s still one of very few players that can do it.” (Quote courtesy of csnchicago.com)
More from Blackhawks News
- Blackhawks vs Flames: Date, Time, Lineup, Betting Odds, More
- Three Takeaways from the Blackhawks’ Win vs Vancouver
- Blackhawks: Why Derek King is the Right Coach moving forward
- Marc-Andre Fleury Carries the Blackhawks to a 4-2 Win vs Seattle
- Instant Reaction: Blackhawks top Kraken for first time in history
This is the truth if you ever have any doubts about Marian Hossa and his play. Even though the goals have not been pouring in all year long for him, he is still a valuable asset in other areas such as defense and special times. There is no need to panic anyway because it looks as if Marian Hossa is finding his scoring groove once again and that is when things get real dangerous for other teams. Keep an eye on his offensive production but remember to not just look at the stat sheet when evaluating his impact.
Don’t forget to check out the other writer’s articles for more great info and opinions. For more updates and conversation, follow us on Twitter @Blackhawk_Up and friend us on Facebook at Blackhawk Up.