Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is on the brink of being a top-100 fantasy player based on standard-category performance. Few saw this coming.
Shaw, 105th in Yahoo's rankings as of Tuesday, has been playing with Jonathan Toews for much of the season and is beginning to pick up steam with points in three straight games. He had three points (one goal, two assists), two on the power play, with three shots on goal Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 30 points in 60 games this season with a plus-12 rating and 111 shots on goal.
His man-advantage outburst Monday gives him seven power-play points this season, two away from his career high (nine in 2013-14). He's playing on the first power-play unit with Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook at the moment, giving him a high fantasy ceiling any given night.
The 24-year-old has made a name for himself as a grinder and clutch scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in years past for Chicago, but he'll be relied upon more heavily from an offensive standpoint with Marian Hossa (RW, 70 percent owned) expected to miss a couple of weeks because of a leg injury. Shaw was playing with Toews and Hossa prior to the injury, but became a focal point of the offense in Chicago's first full game without their veteran wing.
Shaw, right wing eligible and 18 percent owned in Yahoo, covers each of the six standard categories, including penalty minutes (45). He's one of six forwards League-wide with 30 or more points, 40 or more PIMs, a plus-10 or better and 100-plus SOG. The others are Toews, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and James Neal of the Nashville Predators.
If your fantasy league counts hits, there's all the more reason to add Shaw. He averages more than two per game (123) and is worth a look in all deep fantasy leagues because of his placement in the top-six forward group for one of the top teams in the NHL.
The only downside to adding Shaw is that the Blackhawks have the fewest remaining games of any team in the League; other teams have anywhere from 23 to 28 games left. But, even so, Shaw is quietly fourth among Blackhawks in points per 60 minutes (2.03) this season behind Kane (3.96), Artemi Panarin (3.00) and Toews (2.13), and could be a fantasy difference maker with this increased workload down the stretch.