2013 Blackhawks Report Cards: Michal Rozsival

Bruce Bennett

From the scrap heap to key Stanley Cup minutes, Michal Rozsival was a brilliant addition by Stan Bowman.

Standard Regular Season Stats

Scoring Stats Goals Assists Ice Time
GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV SH PP S S% TOI ATOI
27 0 12 12 3 18 14 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 13 0 489 18:07

Advanced Regular Season Stats (5 on 5)

TOI G A FirstA Points Shots iFenwick iCorsi ShPct G/60 A/60 FirstA/60 Points/60 Shots/60 iFenwick/60 iCorsi/60 IGP IAP IPP
425:44:00 0 9 3 9 6 18 32 0 0 1.268 0.423 1.27 0.85 2.537 4.51 0 33.3 33.3

Standard Playoff Stats

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
23 0 4 4 1 9 16 0 0 0 0 14 0 443 19:16

Advanced Playoff Stats (5 on 5)

GP TOI/60 Corsi Rel QoC Corsi QoC Corsi Relative Corsi On On-Ice Sh% On-Ice Sv% PDO Pens Taken/60 Pens Drawn/60 Off Zone Start % Off Zone Finish %
23 17.34 -0.38 -5.55 3.7 13.99 8.19 935 1017 0.9 0 59.2 52.5

With Sheldon Brookbank standing as their only addition to a blue line that needed improvement last summer, the Chicago Blackhawks waited until deep into the offseason before adding Michal Rozsival on a one-year, $2 million contract. The value they got out of him was probably better than anyone had expected.

It wasn't apparent right away, but after Rozsival was picked up off the scrap heap late in the offseason, he actually proved to be one of the better additions you'd find anywhere, for the role he was expected to play. After an early season injury, he spent most of the regular season splitting time with Sheldon Brookbank.

Despite splitting time, there's no doubt that Rozsival brought more to the table than the man better known as The Accountant. Brookbank likely only stole minutes from Rozsival because of that knee. When he was in the lineup, though, Rozsival logged key minutes, playing up over 18 minutes per game, including some time on the power play. He finished with 12 points and a plus-18 rating in 27 regular season tilts.

When the postseason rolled around, Rozsival began to see heavier minutes. He added another four points and was a plus-9 during the playoffs. He was particularly key in the Stanley Cup Finals, with an assist in Game 1 and two key helpers in the 6-5 win in Game 4.

Of course, Rozsival wasn't immune from making mistakes, particularly in his own zone. Sometimes getting caught flat-footed or turning the puck over, it was a bit frustrating at times. But as a sixth defenseman, the Rozsival signing couldn't have worked out much better for the Blackhawks. He came in and did a job, stepping up into a larger role if the Hawks needed it.

The Hawks brought Rozy back on a two-year deal this offseason, so they clearly like what he brings to the table. His $2.2 million cap hit is pretty reasonable, considering the fact that he's capable of stepping up and logging more minutes if needed, and he can spend some time on special teams as well.

Final Grade: B+

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