2013 Blackhawks Report Cards: Michael Frolik

Bruce Bennett

He may be gone now, but Michael Frolik was a joy to watch for the Hawks in 2013.

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
45 3 7 10 4 5 8 3 0 0 1 7 0 0 98 3.1 563 12:31

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
437:19:00 3 7 3 10 83 102 133 3.61 0.412 0.96 0.412 1.37 11.39 13.994 18.248 15.8 36.8 52

Standard Playoff Stats

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
23 3 7 10 4 1 6 2 0 1 1 46 6.5 303 13:09

Advanced Playoff Stats (5 on 5)

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
23 3 7 10 4 1 6 2 0 1 1 46 6.5 303 13:09

There's a reason so many cried out in despair when the Chicago Blackhawks traded Michael Frolik to the Winnipeg Jets barely a week after he played such a key role in them taking home their second Stanley Cup title in the last four years. He was simply a joy to watch.

Frolik didn't develop into the offensive presence that the Blackhawks had hoped they were acquiring when they brought him in from the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline back in 2010-11. After two 20-goal seasons to start his career, Frolik never put it back together in that aspect of his game.

The 2013 season saw Frolik reinvent himself, which probably had to be done if he was to escape the clutches of Joel Quenneville and earn some playing time. He primarily served a defensive role, and was a guy that you could count on to skate his ass off on every single shift.

And he did just that. Frolik teamed up with Marcus Kruger in leading the Hawks to one of the best penalty kill units in the game. Only Kruger averaged more ice time shorthanded among forwards than Frolik, as the Blackhawks boasted the third best penalty kill percentage, both during the regular season and the playoffs.

Down the stretch, Frolik was a major contributor to the Hawks' title. He equaled his regular season production in the playoffs, scoring three goals, one of which was on a penalty shot in a crucial Game 6 against the Detroit Red Wings. He added assists in each of the last three playoff games for the Hawks, including a helper on the Cup-winning goal.

It's unfortunate that Frolik has since departed from the Blackhawks. He was a pleasure to watch and an asset as a fourth liner. He was never able to get his offense on track, but was still an extremely valuable part of this Blackhawks team in 2013.

Final Grade: B+

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