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Shaw's energy, instincts fit well with Hawks

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Shaw's energy, instincts fit well with Hawks

When Andrew Shaw returned to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline, the Blackhawks made it clear what they wanted from him: a lot of energy and a good use of his hockey instincts.

Now as part of the Blackhawks checking line, Shaw has brought that.

Shaw has shown the game he had when he debuted with the Blackhawks, and hes fit right in on the checking line with Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland. Shaws game isnt necessarily about goals. Its about angst, energy and driving hard to the tough areas. And on the checking line Shaw also has to be smart; coach Joel Quenneville appreciates Shaws hockey intelligence.

Shaw has good instincts on both sides of the puck, Quenneville said. Offensively sees and makes plays. But as hes grown, hell learn better how to play off guys, how to play in our own end and be comfortable with linemates.

The checking line was strong against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night and Shaws play earned him a shootout opportunity. Shaw, who had a team-high seven hits against the Kings, said it hasnt been too tough of an adjustment.

I always played kind of a defensive-minded game but I got away from it a bit, Shaw said. Im glad to be a part of that line. Its nice to play a lot of minutes and playing against top players in this league.

Still, theres a lot of defensive responsibility on that line and theres a learning curve. Bickell said Shaw has taken it all in well.

At the start defensively, he was running around a lot. I think the coaches sat him down and told him the role we need him for and the position he needs to be in. He learns quick, Bickell said. Sometimes less is more; just to have the defensive mind and check first and the offense will come.

Shaws gotten that, too, as he tallied his seventh goal of the season on Friday against the New York Rangers. Hes not here for his offense, but with Jonathan Toews out and the Blackhawks needing contributions from everyone, its welcomed.

The Blackhawks wanted Shaw to display that energetic, driven game when he came back at the trade deadline. As part of the checking line, he has.

Hes not a big guy but he acts like a big guy; he goes face-first into everything lately and has a lot of scars because he does that. Thats just the way he is, the drive he has, and thats what I like about him, Bickell said. Hes got the work ethic to play up here. Hes still young and he has a lot to learn, but he will.

Cubs reportedly demote Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, will call up Rowan Wick

Cubs reportedly demote Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, will call up Rowan Wick

Carl Edward Jr.'s return to Chicago didn't last long. 

Three days -- and one appearance -- after being called up from Triple-A, Edwards is reportedly headed back to Iowa: 

His lone appearance over the weekend came in the last inning of Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Padres, facing four batters before getting the last out. He allowed one earned run on one hit, but both walked and hit a batter; the two runners he inherited would score as well.

It's been a rough season for righty, who's spent much of the year on the IL or in Iowa. Back in early June, he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thoracic strain. When healthy, he's pitched 15.1 innings to the tune of a 5.87 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. 

Up in his place is Rowan Wick, who himself has seen time in both Chicago and Iowa this season. Wick's latest stretch in Triple-A has been lights out: 

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Providence Catholic

Head coach: Mark Coglianese

Assistant coaches: Mike Hryn (D-Coordinator), Matt Hunniford O-Coordinator)

How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (1-3 CCL Blue Conference). Providence made the Class 6A state playoff field and lost to Washington in first round action.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Willowbrook
Sept. 6 vs Morgan Park
Sept. 13 @ Brother Rice
Sept. 20 vs Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 27 vs Carmel
Oct. 4 vs St. Rita
Oct. 11 @ DePaul Prep
Oct. 18 vs St Laurence
Oct. 25 @ Montini Catholic

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence] 

Biggest storyline: Feeling green. How will the Celtics fare in the new CCL/ESCC Green conference in 2019?

Names to watch this season: OL Jake Renfro (Senior, Cincinnati) and TE Jameson Geers (Junior)

Biggest holes to fill: The Celtics played several underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 16 starters (nine offense, seven defense); that said, overall numbers and depth can always be better.
 
EDGY's Early Take: The Celtics suffered through various injuries last season and found themselves playing several underclassmen. Coule that pay off come August? Look for the Celtics to challenge for the CCL/ESCC Green title. Keep an eye on the Providence offense, which features four starters on the offensive line. The overall group is stacked in the skills department and they boast an experienced backfield. The opener against Willowbrook should be one of the more-interesting games in the state, as Willowbrook is coming off a 7A quarterfinal appearance.