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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Patrick Sharp led the Hawks with 33 goals and a career-best plus-28 rating. Sharp, a versatile player, spent the entire season at left wing and missed time with a broken bone in his wrist, but he caught fire down the stretch. His 33 goals were three shy of his career high and one shy of his total from last season.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER
Michael Frolik got a three-year deal in the offseason to provide scoring depth. A former two-time 21-goal scorer, Frolik fell well short of expectations. He was often scratched the second half of the year and finished with five goals, 15 points and a minus-10 rating, the worst numbers of his four-year career.

BIGGEST NEEDS
The Hawks haven't decided whether Patrick Kane is truly capable of being the team's No. 2 center or whether a better, more experienced option is available via a trade. The Hawks also need help on defense, specifically a blue-liner who is adept at handling the point on the power play. Gritty forwards who can skate well also should be targeted.

FREE AGENT FOCUS
The Hawks will have money to spend again this offseason, but it wouldn't be a shock if they weren't as active as they were last summer, when they brought in several players. Rookie Andrew Shaw and Jimmy Hayes look ready to be full-time players, and touted prospect Brandon Saad should get a chance. The Hawks will look at defensemen, however. Their lack of depth on the blue line was exposed during the playoffs.

PLAYER NOTES

--LW Viktor Stalberg had a breakout campaign for the Hawks. He scored 22 goals and had 43 points, which are both career highs. He was mentioned as a top-six forward by general manager Stan Bowman. It was only Stalberg's second full season in the NHL

--D Johnny Oduya made a huge difference on the Hawks' blue line after being acquired from the Jets at the deadline. Oduya had a goal and five points in 18 regular-season games for the Hawks, seeing time on both special teams. Bowman said the Hawks will talk to Oduya and his agent about returning.

--RW/LW Andrew Shaw may have earned himself a spot on next year's team with an unexpected performance this season as a rookie. Shaw had 12 goals and 23 points in 37 games and even played on both special teams. He provided the physical edge the Hawks were lacking when LW Daniel Carcillo was lost with a torn ACL. He also fit in well in the locker room.

--LW Andrew Brunette had his least productive campaign since the 1997-98 season. The savvy veteran had 12 just goals and 27 points. He had 23 points for the Capitals in 1997-98. Brunette struggled to keep up with the younger, faster Hawks on the top two lines and was also hindered by a foot injury. The four games he missed this season, including three with a right foot injury, are the most he has missed in the past 10 seasons. Brunette, 38, said he still hasn't decided whether he will play next season.

MEDICAL WATCH

--RW Marian Hossa (concussion) is expected to be ready for training camp after suffering a concussion when he was checked in the head by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres in the playoffs. Hossa played in 81 regular-season games, his most since playing in all 82 for the Thrashers in 2006-07. His 77 points this year were also the most since that season.

--D Steve Montador (concussion) missed 27 games with a concussion. The hope is that he'll be ready for training camp. Montador spent most of his time as the No. 5 defenseman. He had five goals and 14 points and even gave the power play an unexpected boost at one point.

--LW Daniel Carcillo (torn ACL) missed 35 games after tearing his ACL. He still did enough in his time, though, to get a two-year extension from the Hawks. He's on track with his recovery. He had two goals, 11 points and a plus-10 rating in 28 games this season.

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