26-Year-Old Center – Montreal Canadiens
Andrew Shaw Contract Information:
Agreed to a six-year contract with the Canadiens in June 2016.
Shaw (neck) is included in the lineup for Wednesday's preseason tilt with Toronto.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
As the director of player personnel in the Blackhawks organization, Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin scouted Shaw and advised Chicago to select him in 2011. Five years and two Stanley Cups later, Shaw has been reunited with Bergevin, who eagerly traded two second-round draft picks for the 24-year-old forward on draft night, then locked him up to a six-year deal three days later. Shaw, who scored 14 goals with a career-high 20 assists in 2015-16 and led the Blackhawks with four postseason goals in a seven-game loss to the Blues, brings a reputation as a grinder. He led Chicago with 148 hits and was defensively responsible (plus-11, 53.2 percent defensive zone starts). The Habs could use more of his gritty two-way game. Bergevin calls him a character guy who’s hard to play against, comparing him to Brendan Gallagher for being willing to play in the dirty areas; Shaw’s former coach, Joel Quenneville, lauded him as someone who’s never awed by the competition. Shaw can play both center and right wing, but those are positions of depth on the Montreal roster, so look for him to open the season on the third line.
Playing against Shaw is like accidentally scraping your skin with coarse grit sandpaper and then pouring rubbing alcohol over it. It hurts -- a lot. The irritating little tick is hard to play against. And he’s the kind of player capable of delivering multi-categorical goodness to your fantasy squad. There probably won’t be much power-play production mixed into the 30 points or so Shaw typically provides, but there will be plenty of PIM, around 150 shots, and 130-plus hits over the course of the season. Those are complementary numbers on the cheap that can help you win a fantasy championship.
Shaw registered his first 20-goal season in 2013-14, tacking on 19 assists for good measure in his first full campaign in the NHL. The grinder has speed to burn, and his strong results have hiked up the Hawks' expectations for him this season. The team hopes this is just the beginning of some great things to come, perhaps making Shaw a 50-point sleeper for the upcoming season.
Shaw translated a relatively quiet regular season (nine goals and six assists) into a warmer postseason (five goals and four assists in 23 games), and the Hawks would obviously prefer the playoff Shaw to show up in 2013-14. The team would ideally like to roll him on a pesky third line, but he could get an audition on the wing on the second line if Patrick Sharp is forced to move to center. And there's way more value in that than toiling on the PK.
Shaw will be looking for more ice time this season with the Blackhawks. He had an impressive debut last season with 12 goals and 11 assists in 37 games. He also skated in three games in the playoffs and was suspended for three games for crashing into Coyotes' goalie Mike Smith. If his offseason work is any indication -- he added 15 lbs of muscle this offseason -- Shaw will be staying with the Blackhawks when the 2012-13 season starts. Forty points, 150 hits and 100 PIMs are possible.