With the season now finished, I’ll be reviewing the individual performances of Chicago Blackhawks players and giving out grades based on their play during the 2013-14 season. In this article, I’ll take a look at Marian Hossa.
Hossa took a very small step back this year, with his age perhaps finally beginning to show. He was still quite good, of course; 30 goals and 30 assists in 72 games is a nice stat line, and Hossa was every bit as elite on the defensive side of the puck as ever. He led Chicago in takeaways by a mile, with one and a half times as many as the next best Blackhawk, Jonathan Toews.
The playoffs were a tad more disappointing. His 14 points ranked fourth among Chicago forwards — which isn’t terrible — but he only scored two goals and was a relative no-show against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final. Lack of goal scoring in the playoffs has become a trend for Hossa during his time in Chicago; in his five postseasons with the team, he has just 14 tallies in 73 games.
While his own-zone play didn’t drop at all during the postseason, the Blackhawks count on Hossa to score. With Patrick Sharp largely useless at the offensive end, this was even more true than usual. A solid regular season will always be outweighed by one’s playoff performance if it wasn’t up to par. This is the case with Hossa, who gets a C+ for 2013-14.