by Vince Maranto on 01/27/12 at 02:50 PM ET
Welcome to Part 2 of the 3 part series. Just to recap. I am breaking down the Hawks season, up to the All Star Break, into 3 parts. The Pro’s, Con’s, and Tweeners (subjects, that fall in between the pro & con). I do it by subject and then by individual players.. In Part One, I took on the con’s of the team so far. In Part 2, let’s go with the Tweeners, and end Part 3 on a positive note. For all statistical categories, I basically used this as a guideline. With 30 teams being in the league, I looked at where the Hawks ranked. 1 - 10, I called good (pro), 11 - 20 tweeners, and 21 - 30 bad (con). Again, this was a guide line only. Don’t waste your time telling me that 11 isn’t between 1 -10, or whatever. The sequel now begins…..
I put this as a tweener for a couple of reasons. I had Crawford as a let down in Part 1, and will have Emery as a plus in Part 3. Average them out, you got a tweener. The 2 goalies combined have a 2.82 goals against average for the season, making them the 19th place team in the league. Although the net minding has been Ok, for the most part, that’s just it. It is just OK. The Hawks, as I have mentioned several times, are still the only team in the NHL who has not shut any one out this season. Crawford and Emery have both played well, but neither, in my opinion, have “stolen” a game.
This category was close to going into the good section, but I just couldn’t do it. The Hawks have managed to stay out of the box for the most part this season. Once they realize that the NHL isn’t messing around with the instigator call any more, this should improve. It’s good to stick up for your teammate, especially after a dirty hit. Don’t retaliate my dropping the gloves, however, after a good clean hit on a line mate. Try making a good hit back, when you have the chance. There’s nothing un manly about that. The Hawks are 11th in the NHL, averaging 10.4 minutes in penalties a game.
I have half of the coaching in this blog, and the other half will appear in the good one. With the talent that the Hawks have on the Power Play (Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp - literally, four All Stars) they should be a consistent top 5 or 6 team in that category. There are not. I know that the coaches do not play the game, but if the talent is there, then I believe that you must look at it, at the coaching level. The PK was also discussed yesterday.
Kane. he just barley made the tweener and not the disappointment group. It’s hard to fault a guy who has 41 points in 50 games, but I will. He has been a point a game player his career and is now below that. I had high hopes for him at the beginning of this season after being truly disappointed with him last year At the end of last season a good trade involving him would not have bothered me.
Leddy. Started of great this year, but too many turnovers and lack of offense keep him here.
Carcillo. Incomplete data, as they say.
Seabrook. Solid play for the most part, but something’s just not there. I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Mayers, Brunette, Montador, O’Donnell. Good players. Won’t hurt you and will occasionally help you.
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