Poll: Who was the biggest disappointment in the 2014 Blackhawks postseason?
While we’ve already voted on who we think was most valuable for the Blackhawks this postseason, there were definitely some players who underperformed. Of course, there’s always also those players who could be argued either way, including Corey Crawford. Here’s a look at our contenders for most disappointing:
Corey Crawford: Yes, Crawford was also mentioned in my poll for the Blackhawks 2014 playoffs MVP. But most people could really argue for him either way, that love/hate relationship fans have for Crawford. One of the biggest differences is how he fared this year compared to last years Stanley Cup run. He ended the 2013 playoffs with a .932 save percentage and 1.84 goals against average. Those are difference makers.
Corey Crawford career in game 5 W-L: 9-0 GA: 14 GAA: 1.39 SV%: .947
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 29, 2014
Patrick Sharp: Once a clutch player for the Blackhawks, we spent a majority of the postseason wondering where is Sharp? He ended the playoffs with five goals and five assists but a minus-2. Two of his playoff goals happened in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Sharp was a top scorer for the Blackhawks in the 2014 regular season and fell short in the postseason. He had 60 shots on goal this postseason but only a 8.3 shooting percentage.
Patrick Sharp with five shot attempts and a drawn penalty. His best period in a long time. #Blackhawks
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 31, 2014
Kris Versteeg: One goal, two assists and a minus-5 in 15 playoff games played. Versteeg has underperformed to say the least. A versatile forward from the Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup run, Versteeg saw little ice time as the postseason progressed and was even scratched three times by Coach Joel Quenneville. While he did suffer a knee injury last season, Versteegs’ difficulty on offense added to the Blackhawks lack of depth.
Kris Versteeg has been something of a disaster tonight. No nicer way to put it. #Blackhawks
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) May 29, 2014
Michal Handzus: While he did have the game winner in the Western Conference Finals Game 5 that kept the Blackhawks alive, Handzus was another underperformer. A key player from the Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup run, his lack of speed added to the Blackhawks struggle for a second-line center. Handzus ended the postseason with two goals, one assist and a minus-8.
Michal Handzus’ OT goal was the 1st of his playoff career. His only other playoff GWG was May 1, 2003 w/ PHI (1-0 win vs. OTT in G4 of CSF).
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 29, 2014
Although I only listed four, feel free to fill in with who you thought was the biggest disappointment of the Blackhawks 2014 playoffs.