2013-14 Stats: C Andrew Shaw, 31 games, nine goals, 10 assists, plus-10
LW Brandon Saad, 33 games, 11 goals, 12 assists, plus-16
RW Jeremy Morin, 13 games, one goal, four assists, plus-two
Analysis: The third line is vitally important to the Blackhawks, just like any other contending team. Quenneville is not looking at Shaw, Saad and recent minor-league call-up Morin for explosive scoring, but he is looking at them to provide a spark when the team needs it. That can come by delivering big hits, playing consistent defense or scoring the timely goal.
Shaw is one of the team's most electric players. He understands his role, and he will do whatever it takes to win. If that means challenging a bigger player or blocking a hard shot and putting himself at risk, he will do it every time.
Shaw is a hard worker, and he is scoring well as the season approaches the halfway point. However, he lacks consistency with his shooting. Sometimes his shot will find the top corner, and other times his shot will miss the net by two feet. He also needs to do a better job in the faceoff circle, where he is winning just 42.3 percent of his faceoffs.
Saad was a good player as a rookie last year, and he has taken his game up a notch or two. He must continue to scratch, claw and fight to get better. His makeup indicates he will do just that.
Morin was playing with the Blackhawks' minor-league team in Rockford of the AHL before getting called up, and he needs to show he can contribute on both ends. He has had several chances in the past, but he has never been fully embraced by Quenneville. He must show he can play consistent defensive hockey and take advantage of his offensive opportunities.