I like our third line. They cycle the puck pretty good. Remember last year when Bickell and Stalberg were in a huge slump and Q put then on the same line and we all laughed. I think they scored a goal a piece that game and Stalberg had the game winner. Bickell has made 3 great passes this year for goals and now he's driving the net. Wow!
Shaw truthfully hasn't brought the energy he did last year
Yeah he has, he just has a lot more responsibility at center, it was just more noticeable when he could float around on the wing. He hasn't taken a shift off, it's just that he's not a great centerman.
the thing about a line with bickell and stalberg is that they are both big and hard to beat on the boards (not to mention stalberg's speed). with a real center between them they become a tough line to play against. if Shaw can become a competent C, that line will grind with the best of them
I'm not doubting his motor, just his results. I was one of his biggest detractors last year during his scoring streak. But he was certainly bringing a more physical game on the wing. Playing center is a plausible excuse for why he's been so subdued, I'm just giving my eye based opinion.
Most of this year he has fallen down or floated around , Thrown pointless hits that take him out of defensive coverage and his forecheck has resulted in tons of turnovers
Shaw has been very brutal all year
IMO you are off. Very brutal is overstating it. He still plays with a lot of energy but a lot of time it is useless energy. Not very productive but what do people expect. He should be a 4th liner but whatever...