Blackhawks Player Evaluations 2013

Blackhawks player evaluations

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Sheldon Brookbank
nThe Good: During that stretch, he platooned with the newly re-signed Michal Rozsival, and while he only saw limited action, there were flashes of above-average play. His game against the Detroit Red Wings January 27th was a good example of that, where he mixed solid defense with some offensive punch en route to putting three shots on goal and helping the Hawks to an overtime victory.
nThe Bad: He had the lowest Corsi On-Ice among any Blackhawks defenseman this season, racking up a 1.34 in limited action.He also took more penalties than any other defenseman on the roster, and played against weaker competition than his counterparts by and large.
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Jonathan Toews
nThe Good: Since that year, in which he had 68 points in 76 games, Toews has come within four points of pulling off the feat in 2011 and two points in 2012, but he finally broke through in 2013, with 48 points in 47 games
nThe Bad: Small sample size or not, one area of his game that Toews will need to improve upon is his scoring when the playoffs roll around.
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Dave Bolland
nThe Good: After being sidelined with a lower body injury for the end of the regular season and the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Bolland still worked hard defensively despite his demotion to the third and fourth lines, and ended up being rewarded with the Cup winning goal when he crashed the net late in Game 6 against Boston.
nThe Bad: He didn’t get involved enough on the offensive side of the puck, going five straight games at one point without a shot on net, and his assist total was woefully low for having such talented wingers alongside him.
Brandon Bollig
nThe Good: Despite only playing an average of 8:01 in his 25 regular season games, Bollig ended up with 41 hits on the season, and frequently could be seen mixing it up with opposing players after whistles.
nThe Bad: In addition to not scoring at all, which he could be expected to do because of his zone starts, he also isn’t trusted by Quenneville and the coaching staff to take care of defensive assignments.
Daniel Carcillo
nThe Good: Whenever he felt that the Hawks needed to bump up their physicality level, or if he was wanting a change of pace on one of the top two lines, Quenneville would insert Carcillo into the lineup, especially early in the season.
nThe Bad: Carcillo is prone to taking ill-advised penalties, even as a veteran, and he repeatedly did that in the later stages of the season. He committed minor penalties in Games 4 and 5 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild, and as a result he saw his ice time plummet.
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Corey Crawford
nThe Good: Crawford’s 19-5-5 record in the regular season was obviously a very good mark, as was his 1.94 goals against average, which was enough to get him a share of the William Jennings Trophy with Ray Emery.
nThe Bad: Quite a few NHL goaltenders do have issues in this area of their game (including Phoenix's Mike Smith), but Crawford always looks unsure of himself when he skates into the trapezoid, and that uncertainty is something that he must address.
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Ray Emery
nThe Good: He stopped 29 shots against the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 shootout victory on February 19th, and then three days later shut down the San Jose Sharks by making 26 saves in a 2-1 win.
nThe Bad: The only concern for him is going to simply be one of the amount of extra work he will have to do behind a defense that isn’t as stingy as Chicago’s. Will he be able to make his way from post to post with the kind of efficiency required of an NHL goaltender, or will his hip issues creep in again?
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Michael Frolik
nThe Good: It was Frolik who best embodied what head coach Joel Quenneville was looking for out of that group, aggressively attacking the puck carrier and jumping passing lanes, while the defensemen on the ice stayed in their respective zones and took care of any stray attackers that got in between the circles.
nThe Bad: He only managed three goals and ten assists for the Hawks in 2013, despite firing 98 shots on goal.
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Niklas Hjalmarsson
nThe Good: As the season wore on, Hjalmarsson was trusted with more strenuous defensive assignments, taking only 48.4% of his shifts starting in the offensive zone, the lowest number on the team.
nThe Bad: Hjalmarsson was on the ice for four of the five goals that the Hawks gave up, and he did just about everything wrong that he could possibly do.
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<Patrick Kane
nThe Good: He came out of the gate like a house on fire and stayed that way, ending up with 55 points in 47 games and putting himself into reasonable contention for the Hart Trophy for the first time in his career.
nThe Bad: If Kane is going to hang back on defense, then he isn’t playing up to the caliber he is capable of playing to, and it does a disservice to the team.
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Duncan KeithnThe Good: He is a gifted two-way defenseman who, in more limited time on the ice because of both the effectiveness of his teammates and a conscious decision by head coach Joel Quenneville to keep his top blue liner fresh, is still able to produce at similar levels to his career performance. That is great news for the Hawks, and was great news for Keith in 2013.
n<The Bad: Ever since the Hawks’ first Cup run back in 2010, when Keith scored at a 6.6% success rate, his number has hovered much lower than that. He hit a new low last year, scoring only 2.5% of the time when his shots ended up on goal.
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Jonny Oduya
nThe Good: Along with fellow Swede Niklas Hjalmarsson, Oduya took a large amount of defensive zone draws against quality opponents as the playoffs progressed, and was on the ice in quite a few situations in which the Hawks were trying to defend late leads.
nThe Bad: He picked up eight minor penalties in 23 playoff games for the Hawks, and while that doesn’t seem like a lot, it was a big difference from his tenure as a Hawk. In his first 72 games with the organization (including six playoff games and 66 regular season tilts), Oduya only had five minor penalties.
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Michal Rozsival
nThe Good: He had the best on-ice Corsi of any defenseman on the Hawks with a 19.64, and his PDO of 1045 was also tops among the blue liners.
nThe Bad: Sixth defensemen aren’t supposed to be world beaters when it comes to defensive responsibility, but during the regular season especially, Rozsival would frustrate fans with his approach at times when the opposing team had the puck.
Brandon Saad
nThe Good: In that season, he had 10 goals and 17 assists, and played significant minutes both on the third line with Andrew Shaw and Viktor Stalberg, but more impressively on the Hawks’ top line with captain Jonathan Toews and veteran sniper Marian Hossa.
nThe Bad: Too often, Saad would break into the offensive zone with the puck and just fire shots at random on net in hopes of sneaking one in, but more often than not, the opposing goaltender would see the shot coming and collect it easily.
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Brent Seabrook
n<The Good: The reason that Seabrook is such a key part of this team’s blue line corps is because he doesn’t worry about all that offensive stuff (although in fairness he did have 20 points in 47 games this season).
nThe Bad: Several times during the season Seabrook appeared lethargic on the ice, and his slow-footed approach ended up costing the Hawks a few goals. He also would sometimes take bad defensive routes to the puck, including one in Game 2 against the Red Wings that cost the Hawks a 3-on-1 break that resulted in a Wings goal.
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Patrick Sharp
nThe Good: Sharp had 10 goals and six assists in 23 games, and he fired 91 shots on goal in the process.
nThe Bad: Sharp would take shots from the wings with little to no traffic in front of the net, and while that is a pretty common occurrence during his career with the Hawks, he seemed to do it a bit more often in the 2013 season.
Andrew Shaw
nThe Good: He is a solid defender who uses the forecheck and his physicality to strip the puck from opponents, and can still turn around and actually generate offense with his on-ice awareness and solid offensive instincts.
nThe Bad: He has picked up suspensions in both the AHL (a six game ban for his actions in a brawl against the Chicago Wolves) and in the NHL (three games for hitting Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith behind the net), and those behaviors simply can’t happen for a guy who may be looking at top six minutes this season.
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