On Tuesday afternoon, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman announced that he had reached an agreement with forward Andrew Shaw on a 2-year, $4 million deal that will keep the 22 year-old in Chi-town through the 2015-2016 season. Shaw played a major role in bringing the Stanley Cup back to Illinois last season, and his path to winning the cup wasn’t exactly an easy one. Shaw was eligible for the NHL entry draft back in 2009, but was passed on twice until the Blackhawks selected him in the 5th round (139th overall) in 2011, making him technically a 19th round selection. Since then, Shaw has proven himself to be a serviceable bottom-six forward in the NHL, capable of putting the puck in the net, as well as being one of the best pests in the league, going to the dirty areas to make good defensive plays and score goals. Shaw also plays a physical game, not letting his 5’11, 165 lb frame get the best of him, laying out opponents, blocking shots, and dropping the gloves from time to time.
During last year’s truncated season, Shaw played all 48 games and put up 9 goals and 15 points. Already this season, Shaw has put up 4 goals and 11 points in 18 games and is on pace to beat his career high numbers from 2011-2012 (12 goals, 23 points). Shaw earned a full-time roster spot this year after an impressive showing in the playoffs, during which he had 9 points and 4 goals, one of which was a triple-overtime game winner from the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston.
Shaw is obviously a very important player for Chicago, as they were willing to deplete what was left of their salary cap in order to sign him. Andrew Shaw has proven himself to his teammates and fans, despite all the odds being against him, and is now being rewarded.