Andrew Shaw: 'I just want to keep bettering myself'

Andrew Shaw: 'I just want to keep bettering myself'
July 31, 2014, 8:45 am
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Tune in to Comcast SportsNet Thursday evening at 5 p.m. for Inside Look: Andrew Shaw.

When opportunity presents itself, you do what’s necessary to take advantage of it.

Andrew Shaw had that chance during the 2011-12 season, a few months after the Chicago Blackhawks drafted him in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Blackhawks’ depth was depleted, still feeling the effects of the post-2010 Stanley Cup purge. So Shaw brought his energy, his grit and his fists to give the Blackhawks a much-needed midseason jolt.

But the type of game that got Shaw into the NHL door is disappearing. You’ve got to be more than just a brawler or a shift disturber. Fortunately for Shaw, he was willing to learn, and it’s led to more opportunities, more responsibility and more playing time.

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Andrew Shaw talked with Pat Boyle for Inside Look, which will air at 5 p.m. Thursday on CSN Chicago. Shaw discussed getting to the league with one game, then adding on to it as he progressed.

“I want more responsibility in every game,” Shaw told Boyle. “I love being part of the bench and keep working to get better at it. I’m the kind of guy who, once I get somewhere, it’s not enough. I want more.”

Shaw has become a big part of the Blackhawks’ power play; his ability to get in front of the net, stay there and take the punishment that comes with it has resulted in plenty of goals, whether he’s screened them or deflected them. He’s gone from a wing to a center, with success at both. He garnered some top-line time in the 2013-14 season. The best combination came late last postseason, when coach Joel Quenneville had him center the No. 2 line with Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane. The trio found success against the Los Angeles Kings, and could very well be together again at some point this season.

It’s been all about the opportunities for Shaw, those he took advantage of and those he helped create for himself with his play and work ethic. But he’s not done. There are still more games, more minutes and more opportunities to be had.

“I just want to keep bettering myself,” he said. “I just keep working, keep working.”