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25 Chicago Blackhawks In 25 Days: Day 21 Andrew Shaw

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 06: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks waits for a faceoff in an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on November 6, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 06: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks waits for a faceoff in an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on November 6, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) /
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For day 21 of 25 Chicago Blackhawks in 25 days, we focus on Andrew Shaw.

The Chicago Blackhawks have had homecomings very often over the last few years. The latest is “The Mutt” Andrew Shaw, who is coming off a career year with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Andrew Shaw has now joined a group of Blackhawks “legends”. What I mean by legends is players that left the team only to return a few years later.

Notable members of this club include Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Brian Campbell, Andrew Ladd, Johnny Oduya, and Kris Versteeg (twice).

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This list is honestly a little too long in my opinion and was all created under one general manager, Stan Bowman.

Bowman loves his homecomings, as the Blackhawks have had one almost every year lately. The only issue with bringing back players is, for the most part, nothing is the same.

Andrew Shaw is different. He has grown since being traded to Montreal in 2016. He has not only started a family since leaving the Blackhawks, but he is also a different player.

Shaw had his best season offensively last season. He put up 47 points through 63 games.

I am not saying Shaw is going to be the Blackhawks number one goal scorer. However, he did get his first career hat trick last year.

Andrew Shaw still has that spark he had last time he was in Chicago. He will still get in players faces and be a nuisance to other teams. He also might be a nuisance to some of his own teammates.

There have been some major changes to the Chicago Blackhawks since Shaw left. He is going to need to understand this is not the same team he left in 2016.

The last time Andrew Shaw played for the Blackhawks, Niklas Hjalmarsson was still a ‘Hawk and so was Artemi Panarin.

The last time Shaw was a member of the Blackhawks, there was no talk of the Blackhawks missing the playoffs or a rebuild.

Shaw left the team one of the young, talented players and he is coming back an experienced veteran that needs to help lead the team.

The Blackhawks will look to Andrew Shaw a lot this season to help spark the team. He was one of Joel Quenneville‘s favorite players to work with. Now, he needs to meet Jeremy Colliton and learn how to play his style of hockey.

There are only 21 days until the Chicago Blackhawks’ season begins. In these days, we will learn what kind of player Andrew Shaw is right now and what type of role he’ll have going forward.

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