Commentary

Interactive Blackhawks report card

Updated: June 5, 2014, 12:22 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks came within one goal of playing for a third Stanley Cup championship in five years. How would you grade another championship-caliber season by the Blackhawks?

Grade each Hawk and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Kris Versteeg, RW

Powers: Versteeg was brought over in a trade with the Florida Panthers in November and was expected to give them a versatile, offensive wing. He struggled to be that player and his role was diminished throughout the playoffs. Grade: C-

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,546)

Jeremy Morin, LW

Powers: Morin was back and forth from the AHL. He led the Blackhawks in Corsi percentage when he was in the lineup. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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    2%
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(Total votes: 2,395)

Ben Smith, RW

Powers: Smith was finally able to stick in the NHL this season. He helped form a consistent fourth line and adapted whenever asked to play anywhere else. Grade: B

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,463)

Corey Crawford, G

Powers: Crawford lacked the consistency of last season. His .917 regular-season save percentage tied him for 20th in the NHL, and his .912 save percentage in the playoffs was far below his .932 save percentage during the Cup run last season. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,516)

Brent Seabrook, D

Powers: Seabrook's play fluctuated throughout the season. He had some ups and downs. His 41 regular-season points were the second most of his career. Grade: B

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,421)

Johnny Oduya,D

Powers: Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson were given the toughest defensive assignments. Oduya wasn't as consistent as Hjalmarsson, but he was still reliable. Grade: B

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,380)

Brandon Saad, LW

Powers: Saad took another step in his development. He was at his best in the Western Conference finals. He and Patrick Kane could form a dangerous duo in the future. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,381)

Michal Rozsival, D

Powers: Rozsival didn't provide the same reliability as he did last season. He was made a healthy scratch in two playoff games. Grade: C

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,297)

Nick Leddy, D

Powers: Leddy played with a variety of players in the team's third defensive pairing this season. He had 31 points and a plus-10 rating in 82-regular-season games. He was made a healthy scratch in one playoff game. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,308)

Duncan Keith, D

Powers: Keith was among the league's premier defensemen again. He led all defensemen with 55 assists and was second with 61 points. He also led the Blackhawks in ice time and played key roles on the penalty kill and power play. He's a finalist for the Norris Trophy. Grade: A

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,372)

Jonathan Toews, C

Powers: Toews was again one of the league's top two-way forwards. He also led the Blackhawks in goals in the playoffs. Grade: A

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,361)

Niklas Hjalmarsson, D

Powers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was able to utilize Duncan Keith's offensive ability largely due to Hjalmarsson's defensive prowess. Hjalmarsson often faced opponents' top lines and held them in check. He led the team in blocked shots. Grade: A

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,304)

Andrew Shaw, C

Powers: Shaw was his usual consistent self as the third-line center. He had a career-high 20 goals, 19 assists and a plus-12 rating in 80 games. Grade: B

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,234)

Patrick Sharp, LW

Powers: Sharp had his best all-around regular season. He led the Blackhawks with 78 regular-season points, which included 34 goals and 44 assists. But he disappointed in the playoffs, producing just 10 points. Grade: A

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,265)

Michal Handzus, C

Powers: Handzus wasn't the same player he was a season ago, especially in the playoffs. He was a minus-8 in the playoffs this season. He was key to the Blackhawks' penalty-kill success. Grade: C-

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,187)

Marcus Kruger, C

Powers: Kruger again was pivotal on the penalty kill and the fourth line. He's created a defensive reputation for himself in the league. Grade: B

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,117)

Patrick Kane, RW

Powers: Kane produced at a high level again. He averaged a point a game in the regular season and led the Blackhawks in points in the playoffs. He did all that despite playing with a variety of centers. Grade: A

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,223)

Marian Hossa, RW

Powers: There were fears Hossa's back injury from last season would affect him all of this season. His back held up and he played at a high level all season. He had 30 goals, 30 assists and was fifth in the league in takeaways. Grade: A

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,189)

Sheldon Brookbank, D

Powers: Brookbank played a variety of roles on defense and even at forward this season. He was in and out of the lineup, but was better than last season. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,021)

Brandon Bollig, LW

Powers: Bollig won over Quenneville this season and was in the lineup all 82 regular-season games. Bollig's playoffs weren't as smooth and his role was minimized. He signed a two-year extension during the season. Grade: C

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 1,987)

Bryan Bickell, LW

Powers: Bickell's season mirrored last season. He was average in the regular season and was great in the playoffs. The Hawks would like more of the latter. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,035)

Nikolai Khabibulin, G

Powers: The Blackhawks took a risk in signing Khabibulin at 40 years old to a $1.7 million contract, and it didn't work out. Khabibulin suffered a season-ending injury in his fourth game of the season. He had a 5.01 goals-against average and .811 save percentage this season. Grade: F

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,029)

Antti Raanta, G

Powers: Raanta was brought along more quickly than the Hawks had planned in his first professional season in North America due to injuries to Khabibulin and Crawford. His .897 save percentage in the regular season wasn't special, but he handled a tough situation well enough. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 2,007)

Peter Regin, C

Powers: Regin was acquired in February from the Islanders. He didn't get much of a chance to play, but he was solid when he did. Grade: C

Your grade?

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(Total votes: 1,969)


Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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