Do yourself a favor when watching the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals: take a minute or a period to admire the play of Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw.
As an undersized, gritty and advantageous player, Shaw has managed to find the back of the net four times this postseason and is looking for a few more goals as he is now on the NHL‘s biggest stage.
Unlike previous opponents, the Boston Bruins are a tough-nosed team whose biggest objective is going to be to pummel Shaw into the ice every time he touches the puck. Now, don’t let his 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame fool you because Shaw can mix it up with even the baddest defensemen. Without size on his side, the Hawks’ center focuses on out skating his opposition — Shaw’s quickness is admirable and incredibly effective.
At 21-years-old, the Chicago stud has found a home in the Blackhawks’ lineup and has no plans of heading back down to the minor leagues. With that being said, Shaw’s biggest weakness is that he takes some of the most idiotic penalties at the most inopportune times — this trend must come to a halt if the Blackhawks hope to derail the Bruins.
Keep an eye on No. 65 when Chicago appears to be in a rut in particular, because his energy usually goes up about 10 notches whenever his teammates seem lethargic. The Boston faithful will surely grow old of Shaw’s annoying style of play, but for Chicago fans, the Shaw antics are works of beauty.