Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw
29-Year-Old CenterC
Chicago Blackhawks
IR-LT
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 4/6/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Shaw's second stint with the Blackhawks saw him suffer a concussion, abbreviating his 2019-20 season to just 26 games. The veteran forward had 10 points, 74 hits and 33 PIM, but he's expected to be fully healthy for the start of the 2020-21 campaign. A middle-six role awaits Shaw, who always carries a bit of an injury risk due to his high-contact style of play. If he can stay out of the trainer's room, he should end up with 20 points, 100 hits and 50 PIM at a minimum, even if he can't get past the third line. The physical numbers will give him additional appeal as a depth option in deeper fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a six-year contract with the Canadiens in June 2016.
Placed on LTIR
CChicago Blackhawks
Concussion
March 5, 2021
Shaw (concussion) was placed on long-term injured reserve Friday.
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According to Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times, general manager Stan Bowman told reporters doctors will determine if Shaw will be able to continue playing once he "starts feeling better from his concussion," but at this point it seems as though the 29-year-old forward may be forced into an early retirement. If that ends up being the case, the two-time Stanley Cup champion will hang up his skates having amassed 116 goals, 131 assists and 573 PIM in 544 career appearances.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:07
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:42
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:49
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
15:55
2:02
0:44
2019–20
14:27
2:15
0:09
2020–21
15:07
3:42
0:49
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Just when it looked like Shaw had emerged as an effective offensive force (14.1 shooting percentage) without the distraction of undisciplined play, the Canadiens decided to trade him to the Blackhawks in exchange for three draft picks during the offseason. The move was designed to clear cap space in order to add a big-ticket free agent. However, that big-ticket signing never came to fruition. Shaw returned earlier than expected from April 2018 knee surgery last season, skating on Montreal's fourth line before being promoted to the second line to play with Max Domi. He displayed instant chemistry with Domi -- which is another reason that his trade was a head-scratcher. The gritty forward heads into 2019-20 off the heels of his most productive season as a pro, during which he posted career highs in goals (19) and assists (28) while registering a plus-17 rating in just 63 games. If he can avoid injuries -- which is not a given with Shaw -- the 28-year-old could threaten the 15-goal and 40-point marks while filling a middle-six role for the Blackhawks in 2019-20.
Shaw battled a pair of lower-body injuries which limited him to 51 games in 2018-19, the fewest he's played since the lockout-shortened season. Still, he still averaged a career-high 15:49 of ice time per game. The second lower-body injury, to Shaw's left knee, required surgery in April. The initial prognosis was for Shaw to miss six months, putting him on schedule to return by late September or early October. Once healthy, Shaw should assume a role as a high-energy forward that'll draw penalties while being effective on situational faceoffs. However, the noted agitator/instigator played with more control last season compared to his first in Montreal, which led to fewer penalties and hits per game. If he continues to behave himself, it will mean more ice time which could lead to higher point totals.
A well-known agitator, Shaw brings an emotional edge to a Habs team that has gained a reputation for being soft on opponents, but the Ontario native was a bit of a mixed bag last season. He produced a serviceable 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 68 games while ranking among the team leaders in faceoff winning percentage at 54.6 percent. Further, Shaw was more than willing to mix it up with 147 hits, though his lack of discipline resulted in mind-numbing penalties; he was suspended for three preseason games following a boarding call and finished the campaign with 110 minutes in the box -- by far tops on the team. While PIM can be an asset in some fantasy leagues, his actions hurt the Canadiens and that could ultimately result in reduced ice time. In order to be a dependable fantasy option, Shaw will need to keep that reckless streak in check.
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.
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Lands on IR
CChicago Blackhawks
Concussion
February 11, 2021
Shaw (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
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Placed in concussion protocol
CChicago Blackhawks
Concussion
February 11, 2021
Shaw has entered the league's concussion protocol, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Lights lamp on power play
CChicago Blackhawks
February 4, 2021
Shaw scored a power-play goal on three shots in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Hurricanes.
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Strikes on power play
CChicago Blackhawks
January 22, 2021
Shaw scored a power-play goal and doled out two hits in Friday's 4-1 win over the Red Wings.
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Scoring pace slowing
CChicago Blackhawks
January 17, 2021
Shaw has one assist and four shots on goal in three games this season.
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