Enforcer is a good word to describe Brandon Bollig, the Hawks 6 foot 2 inch, 223-pound defense man, and enforcing is what he is good at.
ESPN’s Scott Powers thinks this is what led him to earning a permanent spot in the line up and ultimately more involvement on the ice.
Bollig, says Powers, did not have the freedom to explore the ice out side of hitting people because his role on the team last season did not allow him too. Quenneville needed him in the lineup to hit people, and Bollig did exactly that.
In 25 regular season games last year, Bollig had 41 points, 5 fights, 51 penalty minutes, and no points.
Powers thinks that those stats led him to his spot on the lineup.
Bollig already had 29 appearances entering tonights game, and has gone out of his comfort zone a little bit, taking the occasional offensive chance.
He is getting results this season, scoring his first career goal in the season opener and has added six more points since.
“Any time you’re kind of scared of being in and out of the lineup or making mistakes, you’re obviously not going to play as well,” Bollig said in an interview with Powers. “This year I’ve felt more comfortable and definitely with the way our line is going right now and the confidence that Q has in our line is great. It kind of lets you go out there and not think too much.”
Bollig looked to veteran Jamal Mayers last season. Bollig told Powers that it was nice to have a Veteran around to show him the ropes.
“Obviously when you play with guys like that, I think that was his 17th NHL season, there’s plenty to learn from guys like that,” Bollig told Powers.
Bollig told Powers that last season was a learning experience and that it’s hard to be in and out of the lineup as often as he was.
However, it looks like he is here to stay, which is good, because Bollig has no plans to go anywhere any time soon.