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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Hawks player reviews: Michal Rozsival

By Scott Powers

Michal Rozsival
Michal Rozsival will likely rotate with another defenseman for the sixth spot again next season.

Michal Rozsival, defenseman

2013-14 cap hit: $2,200,000| Age: 35 | Season stats: 1 goal, 7 assists, plus-7

Season recap: Rozsival was given a similar role to the previous season in that he played about half of the regular-season games and was relied upon more in the playoffs. Unlike 2013, though, Rozsival wasn’t as consistent in the playoffs this season and was a minus-1 over 17 playoff games. He was a plus-9 in the playoffs last season.

Season highlight: Rozsival had an assist and was a plus-3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1.

Season lowlight: Rozsival struggled against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the second round and was scratched the next two games.

Final grade: C.

Inside the numbers: Rozsival started 43.6 percent of the time in the offensive zone during the regular season, according to extraskater.com. He led the team’s defensemen in that category.

Notes: Rozsival played in his 900th career NHL game on Dec. 3.

Quotes: “I think Rozy is one of those guys, experience-wise, you like him in your lineup,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Defensively sound, offensively got real good patience and play recognition. So he gives you a real good intangible that you like to see.”

What’s next: Rozsival has another year left on his contract. He’ll likely rotate with another defenseman for the sixth spot again next season. If any of the Blackhawks’ prospects are ready next season, they could end up replacing Rozsival in the lineup at some point.