2013 Blackhawks Report Cards : Brandon Bollig

Today we spend our Sunday looking at the man, the myth, the legend that is Brandon Bollig.

Standard Regular Season Stats

Scoring Stats Goals Assists Ice Time
25 0 0 0 0 -1 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 0 200 8:01

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
196:33:00 0 0 0 0 34 44 52 0 0 0 0 0 10.38 13.432 15.874 0 0 0

Standard Playoff Stats

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
5 0 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 44 8:51

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 %
5 8.85 -1.211 -9.063 4 25.75 4.55 917 962 1.4 0 31.3 44.4

When you look at the 2013 season of Brandon Bollig, you have to look more at what he didn't do as opposed to what he actually did. At no point during the season did he do anything that cost the Blackhawks a game. That's all you can really ask a guy who is trying to fill the role of an "old school goon", a role that is all but dead in today's NHL.

My biggest problems with guys like Bollig, at least with the Blackhawks, are Joel Quenneville's use of them. How many times have we screamed why are Bollig or Daniel Carcillo, or in the past John Scott, dressing if they are only going to play 3 minutes? I understand that each game dictates how much your 4th liners are going to skate, but if you can't trust to play a player in a close game then why is he even dressed?

As the year progressed, Q seemed to gain more trust in Bollig and it showed in his time on ice. Brandon got over 10 minutes of ice time in 7 of his last 11 regular season games. The increased ice time was a direct result of Bollig's decreasing trips to the penalty box. Brandon racked up 51 penalty minutes in 25 games which was an improvement considering he had 58 PIM's in just 19 games in 2011-12. Bollig hit his high water mark with 17 penalty minutes against the Canucks on Feb 19th. We all remember that was the game Jannik Hansen's elbow made a "hockey play" to the back of Marian Hossa's head. Bollig racked up his PIM's long before that play, with an altercation with Dale Weise in the 1st period. Over the next 16 games, Bollig would only get nailed for 15 more penalty minutes. Bollig was never a defensive reliability this season. He finished the season a minus 1, but that was after taking a minus 2 in the season finale when the Rockford IceHogs took on the St. Louis Blues.

Bollig appeared in 5 playoff games for the Hawks during their run to the Stanley Cup. He suited up for the first 3 games versus the Minnesota Wild. We didn't see him again until the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final when he replaced a benched Viktor Stalberg in the lineup. Game 1 of the Final would be Bollig's best game of the season. He played a season high 14:24, albeit in a triple overtime game. He had a few good shifts with Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik and even had 3 shots on goal. His play earned him another go round for Game 2. Bollig played another solid game but his turnover in overtime lead to the game winning goal for the Bruins and that was the last we saw of him.

With hindsight being 20/20, Bollig did not do much to help the Blackhawks but he did even less to hurt them. With the departure of Carcillo, Bollig should see more ice time next season when the Hawks are in need of a physical presence. And if it wasn't Brandon, the city of St. Louis would still never know what the Stanley Cup looked like in person.

Final Grade : C