Andrew Shaw is, first and foremost, a feisty agitator who brings energy and grit that the Blackhawks need right now. And in his second stint with the Blackhawks this season, Shaw hopes to get back to that style of game.
Shaw, who was recalled on Monday, will likely play on the checking line with Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland when the Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the United Center.
The rookie had a memorable start in his first stay with the Blackhawks, scoring five goals in his first eight outings, including one in four consecutive games. But when the offense eventually cooled, Shaws sandpaper quality didnt resurface enough.
He said he has to bring that more this time around.
I felt like I was cheating a little offensively, not playing my best in the defensive zone, and (the Blackhawks staff) let me know that. I got away from my game, Shaw said. I got my stuff together (in Rockford) and coming back up here now, hopefully I play to my abilities.
Sure, the Blackhawks wont mind if Shaw contributes with points. His output there was critical in January, when Patrick Sharp was out with his broken wrist. But Shaw is a shift disturber first.
Im a little nervous. I dont want to get sent back down again. So Ill work on whats gotten me here, he said. Thats why pro hockey players are great: they play their role and thats why they play here for such a long time. I have to learn that and just stick to my game.