2013 Blackhawks Report Cards : Marian Hossa
Today we look at the the beast that is Marian Hossa.
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Marian Hossa has always been my favorite player to watch play the game, so this is really an honor for me to write this, especially since his time with the Blackhawks appears to be getting better and better. After having a huge campaign in the 2011-12 season, he followed it up with another impressive one this season and another Stanley Cup Championship. He was on track for a 35 goal season, which would have been his most as a Hawk.
Hossa came roaring out of the gate this season, with 12 points in his first 12 games. He had a 9 points in 9 games stretch in late February/early March and an 8 points in 8 games run to close the season. No doubt continuity helped Hossa out. He was on arguably the Hawks' best line all season long with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad, which provided him with plenty of offensive opportunities.
He was just as big in the playoffs, coming up huge in the series against the Wild and Red Wings, until cooling a little bit in the Kings and Bruins series. Despite what some might consider less than stellar production in the playoffs, Hossa played huge minutes for the Hawks and was a key contributor to their victory.
Despite his age, Hossa looked in great shape this year. He's still the Hawks' most powerful skater and, arguably best forechecker and one of their best defensive forwards. He can still be used in all situations and remains an elite finisher. However, any conversation about Marian Hossa also must contain a sober reminder that he is going on 35 and the question has to be asked just how much does he have left, which translates into questions of how the Hawks' can use him going forward. The Hawks need to maximize what they get out of Hossa in the next few years. The first step will probably be taking him off the penalty kill, maybe as soon as next season. It might be limiting his 5-on-5 minutes. We'll see.
In fact, as he winds down his career, I think we're likely to see Hossa cease being a superstar player who bears the brunt of the workload, to more of a very good complimentary player. But we're not there quite yet. As it stands right now I'd say Hossa has 2-3 prime seasons left as one of the NHL's premier forwards. His season with the Hawks this year was a huge success, hopefully enough so to silence his critics for good and the Hawks not using a compliance buyout on him is a probably a signal that we can expect to see Hossa hang up his skates as a Blackhawk. And I know I'm more than okay with that.
Final Grade: A