Andrew Shaw

Where Is Andrew Shaw?

As the Blackhawks search for offense, most of the fingers have been pointed at new faces up front, Bryan Bickell and the evolving chemistry on the blue line in the wake of Duncan Keith’s injury. But one player who has been noticeably absent – from the box score and criticism – is Andrew Shaw.

Shaw scored 35 goals over the last two regular seasons in Chicago, but is off to an awful start. With only one point – and assist – through 11 games, he needs to pick up his pace to reach double digits in points after registering 39 and 26 in 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively.

What’s more, digging into some enhanced stats paints an even more troubling picture.

According to, Shaw has a -27 SAT entering Monday, which is the worst on the Blackhawks roster. Andrew Desjardins is the closest on the team, but his -15 SAT is well above Shaw’s given the sample size. The third member of their usual line, Marcus Kruger, has a -4 SAT thus far.

By comparison, last year Shaw finished the full regular season with a SAT of 134, which was better than Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane and Johnny Oduya.

Shaw is second on the team with 30 hits, but his 10 penalty minutes are tied for second on the team as well. He is winning only 46 percent of his faceoffs, a role that has diminished with him playing primarily on the wing this season but he has still taken the fourth-most draws on the roster.

He has remained a primary component of the Hawks’ power play, averaging 2:20 per night on the ice with a man advantage, but there are other players who have shown the ability to play in front of the net. Artem Anisimov has done a good job with the second unit in a similar role.

Shaw isn’t expected to be a league leader by any means, but he is expected to make an impact with his energy. So far this season, that impact hasn’t happened and the Blackhawks need him to be a bigger part of their offense if the team is going to succeed.

Or… does the presence of some youngsters on the NHL roster give both Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman options when considering the longer term roster dynamics in Chicago?

19 thoughts on “Where Is Andrew Shaw?

  1. And Dum Dum wants him to center the 2nd line. We saw what happened when Teuvo was supposed to drag the Bickell anchor.

    Remember when Shaw came into the league? Full of piss and vinegar to the point he had to be calmed down. I know the kid takes a beating, but he’s also seemed to lose that edge he needs to be a contributor.

  2. Great/interesting write up Tab.

    Guessing Half of 65’s scoring has come from PP last few years… take that away- and you really don’t have much besides a lot of energy…

    wts- the 4th line has underachieved versus last 2 years… when on many nites- the 4th line was the 1st/2nd most enjoyable line to watch!!! (even without scoring- can’t say that this year)

    the same can be said about the 1st line-

  3. I didn’t do well on my SATs either (scholastic aptitude test). That’s what I get for trying to cheat off the girl in in the next row who was even dimmer than me.

    OK, I’ll admit it. What’s an “SAT” in hockey?

  4. There was a time when Shaw and Bickell were a complete menace on the ice,.,.,who was the other forward with them?
    Man they were a smash ,bang ,boom line ,.,.great cycle down low,.,.what the hell happened to the boys? I know they have played lots of extra playoff games ,close to another year in the last 4 years but,.,.,,

  5. Unless Shaw starts producing his time in Chicago should be drawing to a close. There is no way the Hawks can afford to play Shaw nearly 2 million a season for that level of production.

    I love Shaw’s game but the Hawks have already backed themselves into a corner financially so moving him that would be a wise move.

  6. I believe Saad leaving Chicago has affected Shaw more than anyone could have realized. I believe they were roommates and best friends.

    That said, Shaw is a good hockey player but an expendable part. If he stays, he and the 4th line will come around.

  7. Wall – Shaw had 5PPG last year and 6PPP out of 15 Goals and 26 points. Year before was 5/9 out of 20/39.

  8. t does seem though like he does get 50% from the PP. Shawzer not going to get as many point on 4th with second shutdown line. He got those points on 3rd line that had good players, like a 65-15-86 type of line.

  9. Great article Tab. Don’t really understand all the SAT stuff, but Shaw just not quite what he was.
    I do believe that a change of scenery might be in his future.

  10. In the pic above from Tab it looks as if Shaw just buried a knife in 96 with his right hand…I think we should keep him, besides who else can head butt a goal …they will change that rule just wait and see. He has been instrumental in setting up screens in front of the goalie …thought he had the tip in but they gave the goal to Seabrook the other night. He is a cut above the other grinder types.

  11. Roger, the shot attempts stat includes blocked shots, missed shots on goal, and shots on goal.

    Shaw has been on the ice for 25 more shot attempts against than hes been on the ice for.

  12. I guess I could state the obvious that Shaw is playing on the 4th line now which is typically more of a checking line with a diminished emphasis on scoring. That being said this line is probably one of the best 4th lines in the league. I wouldn’t underestimate Shaw’s value to this line throughout the season and the playoff if the Hawks get that far. When coach Q rotates all 4 lines the Hawks are a much fresher and stronger team so I still think his role is important here whether or not he is scoring a lot of goals.

  13. Ernie – I want him with Teravainen and Kane and I want him switching at C with Teravainen mainly during face-offs.

    Shaw is okay. this is a 2 time SC Champion. I have news for you guys… they had a short summer. People return to a normal playing levels at different rates.
    Duncan Keith was playing like an average NHL Dman when he went down . His level was ‘just another guy’. I’m not surprised the energy line doesn’t have -you know- energy.

    I’m absolutely not worried about Shaw. Him and that line must be a force in the playoffs, not in the the first month of the season.

  14. Shaw has regressed every year since he scored 20. Was the 20 an anomaly? Maybe. Could it be his linemates/icetime? Yeah. Could it be something else and possibly all of the above? Fortunately for him his salary is such that he doesn’t have to contribute like a 4 million dollar player, because he’s not.

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