Updated: April 22, 2012 10:19AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Andrew Shaw has a spot on the Blackhawks’ checking line, Brandon Bollig has gotten into fights in nearly every game as the new enforcer and Dylan Olsen has settled in as the sixth defenseman.
But fellow rookie Jimmy Hayes has become the odd man out. He was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
Hayes had four goals in his first 13 games in the NHL, even seeing time on the power play. After a stint in Rockford, he has scored only once in his last 14 games. But it has been his lack of physical play and aggressiveness on the fourth line that has gotten him scratched.
“The fact that he’s not playing or wasn’t playing many minutes, you learn through that process,” coach Joel Quenneville said.
Adam L. Jahns