Blackhawks call up Olsen and Shaw…GET EXCITED
(ESPN)–CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Dylan Olsen and forward Andrew Shaw from Rockford of the AHL while placing Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador on injured reserve.
Olsen, 21, was the Hawks first round pick in 2009. He has one goal, one assist and 38 penalty minutes in 30 games this year with the IceHogs in his first full professional campaign.
Shaw just signed an entry level contract on Tuesday as the Hawks fifth round selection in this past summer’s draft. He has 12 goals and is third with 21 points in 33 games with Rockford. He ranks second on the club with 80 penalty minutes.
Kruger has missed the past three games and four of five after suffering a concussion while Montador has an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Do the Blackhawks have great organizational depth or what? So far this year the Hawks have seen Brandon Saad, Ben Smith, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri, Marcus Kruger, Jeremy Morin, and now Dylan Olsen and Andrew Shaw all play for the varsity. That’s pretty impressive for a team that sits a top the Western conference.
The latest batch of call-ups have the potential to fill specific needs for the Hawks. Dylan Olsen was the Blackhawks’ 2009 first round pick. He is a big, yet mobile, defenseman at 6’2″ and 215 lbs. The Blackhawks have been struggling to find that 6th defenseman to play with Montador because the rotation of O’Donnell, Lepisto, and Scott can’t be trusted to give them consistent minutes. Olsen plays with a little bit of jam as well. That is something that the Blackhawks desperately need on the back-end. Hopefully Dylan Olsen is the answer as the team’s 6th defenseman so Stan Bowman can focus his attention to other areas of need.
I’d be lying if I said that I remembered Andrew Shaw from the preseason or prospect camp. So I needed to do a little research on him. The more I read and watched the bigger the smile on my face got. Shaw is 3rd on the IceHogs with 21 points in 33 games and is 2nd on the team in penalty minutes. Judging from various highlight packages Shaw seems to be a tremendous energy player with a little bit of a screw loose. The guy is tough and chirpy. He could provide the jam and sand the Blackhawks have been missing the past season and a half. I am praying he makes a good impression here because you can count me as a guy who is over the whole Dan Carcillo thing. His hit on Tom Gilbert was reckless and dumb if not dirty. He has been suspended indefinitely and its been suggested that his suspension could range from 4 to 6 games. Carcillo also appeared to suffer a knee injury on the play. I really couldn’t care less how long Carcillo is sidelined and part of me hopes he is done for the season. The Blackhawks definitely needed more grit, so the Carcillo signing made sense in the offseason, but he too often hurts the team more than he helps them. So…let the Andrew Shaw era begin.
Furthermore, I would really like to see the Blackhawks cut bait with several other veterans and go with a youth movement in the bottom six. If the Blackhawks can trade Frolik, Bickell, and Carcillo for a used puck bag then they should’ve made that trade yesterday. If I am sitting in Stan and Joel’s respective chairs my roster looks as follows:
Shaw as the 13th forward and dressing selective games when the team needs more jam (St Louis, Boston, LA Kings)
Lepisto-Scott-O’Donnell on the taxi squad
Bowman will probably make a move for another top 6 forward and maybe another veteran defenseman, but I think the roster shown above is good enough to win the Western Conference.
PS: ESPN Insider is reporting that Teemu Selanne trade talks are heating up. He would be an absolute perfect rental for the Blackhawks.
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