2008-09: Andrew Shaw made his OHL debut with the Niagara IceDogs posting 17 points and 97 PIMs in 56 games in the regular season and put up 3 points in 12 postseason games along with 22 PIMs.
2009-10: In his second full year with the IceDogs, Shaw put up 11 goals and 25 assists in 68 games and 129 PIMs. He was held pointless in 5 playoff matches.
2010-11: His third OHL season, and his first with the Owen Sound Attack, saw Shaw put up 54 points and 135 PIMs in 66 games. He was impressive in Owen Sound’s playoff run, tallying 17 points in 20 games to go along with 53 PIMs.
2011-12: Shaw made his NHL debut as a 20-year-old, joining the Blackhawks in January after starting the season with AHL Rockford. His scoring over the second half of the season was one of the big stories for Chicago. Shaw had two mini-scoring streaks – scoring goals in four straight games in January and then scoring four more goals in a three-game spree in March – and saw substantial ice time for a rookie (averaging over 15 minutes per game). In 37 games with Chicago he scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was minus-one with 50 penalty minutes. Shaw skated in 3 of 6 games for the Blackhawks in their playoff series with Phoenix; receiving a three-game suspension after colliding with Coyotes' goalie Mike Smith behind the net. He finished the playoffs minus-one with no points and 15 penalty minutes. In 38 games with the IceHogs prior to his call up he scored 12 goals with 11 assists and was minus-two with 99 penalty minutes.
A hard-nosed, hard-working agitator, Shaw can get under anyone's skin and is a good bet to outwork his opponents night in and night out. He displayed a solid offensive skillset in his first professional season and proved he could hold down a complimentary role on Chicago's scoring lines. Although he is more than willing to crash the net and has good finish, Shaw is not likely to be a primary scorer at the NHL level.
Shaw's versatility and nose for the net should help his chances in sticking with the Blackhawks, but there will be plenty of other prospects in the mix. More time in Rockford is not out of the question.