Originally written on TopSportsReport  |  Last updated 1/27/15
Once again, Kris Versteeg finds himself the discussion of trade possibilities for the Blackhawks, in order to relieve cap space. At 2.2 million, it won’t clear enough space for Chicago to be under the cap. However, fans may be willing to let him go after a poor showing in the 2014 playoffs. He scored only three points in the 15 games he played, and ended up having box seats for the other four.Despite his latest playoff performance, Chicago’s GM seems intent on keeping Versteeg, stating that he hopes to see more out of him for the 2014-15 season.So what should we expect to see from Kris Versteeg next season playing for the Blackhawks? Comparing his stats to previous seasons reveals some interesting facts. Obviously the biggest knock on Versteeg has been his point production. Taking a massive dip from past years, his 36 points this season have been his worst yet. Oddly enough, his previous worst of 44 occurred during the Stanley Cup winning season with the Blackhawks in 2010. His shooting percentage also dropped from 12.7% in 2012 to 9.1%.The decrease in offense can be attributed to his major decline in ice time, falling from almost 20 minutes per game in 2012 (his best season), to 14 minutes. His quality of teammates percentage was much higher in 2012 as well, due to his first line role in Florida, as opposed to the second and third line duty he was assigned in Chicago.Honestly, there isn’t much else that can be criticized about the returning Blackhawk. While his playoff run was less than savory, Versteeg’s season performance is exactly what the Blackhawks should have expected of the winger. Compared to his 2012 season in Florida, he is shooting at nearly the same rate with 7.5 shots per 60 minutes of ice time, his takeaway to giveaway ratio is almost identical, and he’s just as reluctant to hit. He has cut down on bad penalties as well, now drawing more than he is taking.Considering this is Versteeg’s first year back from an injury-plagued season in 2013, he did fairly well for a winger that was given a reduced offensive role on a new team. Versteeg’s outlook with the Blackhawks is further enhanced by the recent addition of Kevin Dineen as assistant coach. Dineen has worked well with Versteeg in the past during his time as head coach in Florida, and could provide a spark to his game in the coming season.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Which teams are most squarely on the bubble?

Tiger Woods: 'There was blood everywhere' after tooth incident

Jerry Rice: Asterisk needed if Patriots win Super Bowl

Pete Carroll ok with Robert Kraft despite Patriots firing

Winners and losers of the Senior Bowl


Report: NFL approved under-inflated balls from Patriots

New MLB commissioner: Return to Montreal is possible

Report: Pats employee taking footballs into bathroom on video

Greg Anthony caught offering $80 to undercover officer for sex

Robert Kraft wants apology from NFL if nothing found

NFL may be very close to returning to Los Angeles

NFL pushing College Football Playoff to change its schedule

Can the Yankees avoid paying A-Rod's milestone bonuses?

Tom Brady once got locked in a high school locker

Fire alarm at Patriots' hotel goes off early Tuesday morning

Petition to remove Pats from Super Bowl has 40K+ signatures

Richard Sherman is not pleased with Roger Goodell

Buffalo Bills: The greatest champion that never was

Six best Super Bowl coaches of all-time

Five key matchups for Super Bowl XLIX

Early B1G predictions for 2015

Remembering Ernie Banks

Allenby rang up $3,400 strip club bill on night of 'kidnapping'

Blackhawks News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL pushing CFP to change schedule

Can Yanks not pay A-Rod his bonuses?

Petition started to remove Pats from SB

NFL approved Pats' under-inflated balls?

Six best Super Bowl coaches of all-time

Five key matchups for Super Bowl XLIX

Early Big Ten predictions for 2015

Remembering Ernie Banks

Pats employee took footballs into restroom?

Report: Kobe not retiring

More questions about Allenby's story

Yanks don't want to pay A-Rod bonuses

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.