Hawks player reviews: Patrick Sharp
June, 16, 2014
By Scott Powers
Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesPatrick Sharp couldn't carry his strong regular season into the playoffs.
Patrick Sharp, Forward
2013-14 cap hit: $5,900,000 | Age: 32 | Season stats: 34 goals, 44 assists, plus-13
Season recap: Sharp had the most all-around offensive season of his career. His 78 points were a career-high, and he consistently produced throughout the regular season. His playoffs weren't as smooth. He scored twice in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, but had three goals over the first 18 playoff games.
Season highlight: Sharp scored a hat trick and had an assist against the Colorado Avalanche on his 32nd birthday on Dec. 27.
Season lowlight: Sharp has normally excelled in the playoffs, but that wasn't the case this season.
Final grade: A.
Inside the numbers: Sharp led the Blackhawks with 12.1 shots on goal per 60 minutes (minimum 25 games), via extraskater.com.
Notes: Sharp was second on the team with 18 multi-point games.
Quotes: "I think at this point of the year everybody's got something going on [with injuries]," Sharp said after the season. "I'm not going to make any excuses for the way I played at different stretches of the playoffs. It'll be nice to have a little bit of a longer summer than last year to be ready to go next year."
What's next: Sharp is getting into his 30s, but he's continued to play at a high level. He has three years left on his contract. The line of Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa was especially effective this season. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville could return to that line next season.