Rookies Taking Over
The Chicago Blackhawks have a plethora of talent, once bringing the Stanley Cup to the Windy City in 2010. The have many famous names and faces such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and David Bolland.
But it’s two fresh faces making the biggest impact in Chicago right now. Jimmy Hayes, 22 and Andrew Shaw, 20 are taking the United Center by storm. Going into action Friday they combine for 18 games, nine goals and four assists.
Jimmy Hayes was recently called up for a game against Detroit and has since played in 10 games. He scored his first NHL goal in his second NHL game. He is a big body the Hawks desperately need at 6’6’’. Through his first 10 games he has collected seven points (4G, 3A).
But it is the smaller rookie at 5’10’’ making even a bigger splash and is even trending on Twitter. Andrew Shaw was called up after Daniel Carcillo was injured, eight games ago.
In his first NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers, he got into a fight on his first shift and then scored his first NHL goal on his second shift. Since that goal, it has been all Shaw all the time. During his eight game stint with the Chicago Blackhawks he has scored five goals with one assist, his last four goals coming in the last four games.
Shaw is quickly becoming a fan favorite and somewhat of a “legend in Chicago.” After Wednesday nights game against the Buffalo Sabres where he had one goal and one assist, the Andrew Shaw Twitter frenzy began.
#Shawfacts has taken off:
@jprutherford: Andrew Shaw has talked Oprah into coming back for a 26th season. #shawfacts
@jamiebreeze: Andrew Shaw knows where the Kane’s puck from the Stanley Cup win is #shawfacts
@BethanyGober: he once beat the sun in a staring contest. #shawfacts
Andrew Shaw’s #shawfact:
@shawz15er: Andrew shaw loves chicago and doesn’t want to leave #shawfact
Even the veterans and leaders in the locker room are taking notice of the rookies and everything that they are bringing to the ice night after night. “It’s awesome,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “The rookies are playing great hockey. It’s making a huge difference for our team right now that all four lines are working and making things happen.”
It is not yet known if these two rookies can continue on their torrid pace, but the fans of the Hawks are hoping to see these two in an Indian Head sweater for a long time.