Blackhawks' new faces making immediate impact

Blackhawks' new faces making immediate impact

This offseason, Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman felt it necessary to address several needs via free agency.  In the course of a few months, the Hawks added Buffalo defenseman Steve Montador, former Flyer Sean O’Donnell, former Shark Jamal Mayers, and former Wild Andrew Brunette.

Well, two games in, many of these new faces have given us looks as to what they will bring to the Blackhawks all season.

Brunette was the first Blackhawk to tally a goal at the United Center this season, and did it “Brunette style.”  Patrick Sharp let a shot go from the point on the powerplay.  Brunette was standing right in front of the net, and batted in the rebound.  Brunette’s best two attributes are his hands and his willingness to stand in front and pay the price for goals.  He displayed both on that goal, and will as the season goes on.

Montador, who has found himself in Joel Quenneville’s dog house early in the season, has been struggling for ice time.  Last season, Montador was towards the top of the league in blocked shots.  In the 3rd period last night, he blocked a shot that led to a two on one and a Patrick Sharp goal.  He also was steady defensively, and was in the face of chirpy Stars all night.

Sean O’Donnell hasn’t done anything magical to stand out just yet, but that’s sort of his game.  He’s a stay a home guy who can be counted on to make the right decision with the puck.  If you don’t notice him, he’s doing his job.  So far so good for O’Donnell.

Mayers was brought for his leadership, penalty kill abilities, and toughness.  Friday night, he had a great short handed scoring chance, while last night, he played physically and dropped the gloves with former Hawk Jake Dowell.

So far, we have a very small sample size to go on, but the new guys have done exactly what’s expected of them.  If the trend continues, Daniel Carcillo should be fun to watch Thursday night.




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