Shaw is chaotic 5 on 5 and will do the dirty work around the net on the PP, but it'd be nice to seem someone around the net who is a little harder to push around.
Carcillo and Bickell didn't spend any time around the net last year, neither garnered any real PP time [.20 PP TOI/G] which is where we need net presence the most so why would they be in that role this year?
Kruger is better standing in front than all of them.
Oh yeah, he's not bad at it. Better than Brunette was, I thought that would be his specialty but instead of deliberate screening he just seemed to aimlessly float around the crease until a bounce went his way and he then would flub the golden opportunity.
I'll give Kruger that for sure, second half last year he was going hard to the net and got a few goals doing it. We need more of that. We need to screen big time too. Goalies always get a great look at the shot against the Hawks.
From ESPN's article on 10 players with high expectations this season
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
The fears of all Chicago fans were realized in the first round against Phoenix when, in spite of outplaying the Coyotes for long stretches of time, the Blackhawks' goaltending broke down and they were ousted in six games -- the second straight first-round departure since winning the Cup in 2010. The blame can't all be laid at Crawford's skates, but two questionable overtime goals that really sunk Chicago highlighted the team's dilemma: Is Crawford the kind of goaltender who can be counted on in the clutch? That question won't be answered early in the season, but Crawford can help his case immensely by turning in consistent, quality starts from the get-go. If not, look for Stan Bowman to search for goaltending help by the trade deadline.
I think I forgot about those OT goals. Those were so awful. We deserved better than a 4-2 loss in that series.
I know a lot of people don't see Pirri doing much as the 2C, but he's great in the offensive end, and has been improving his defensive game. Plus he'd have two wingers who play well in both ends, especially Hossa. To me, it seems like Pirri could have a bigger impact than Kruger, but I guess we'll see.
I can't see why Bollig would be on the team, especially if Olesz is on the team.
Olesz won't be on the team. Q likes Bollig's toughness on the 4th line or at least to have him on the roster for when they play teams with bigger tough guys. Carcillo just can't handle the bigger guys anymore.