It’s pretty clear that Brad Marchand has a not-so-secret admirer among the Chicago Blackhawks players.

Budding Chicago pest Andrew Shaw has made a name for himself in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs by annoying opponents, instigating trouble and doing whatever it takes to invite mayhem into his games.

So it’s little surprise that the 21-year-old Blackhawks agitator says that he wants to be just like 25-year-old Brad Marchand when he’s all grown up.

“We’re both agitators,” Shaw said. “We both play physical and we’re always chirping. He’s perfected it and that’s what I’m trying to do to my game.

“We both walk a fine line and I’ve always looked up to him and admired him. It’s going to be great to actually play against him once.”

Shaw was four goals and seven points with 26 penalty minutes during the playoffs, and pales offensively to Marchand’s four goals and 13 points along with 16 PIMs and a plus-7 rating. One is a top-six scorer that’s proven himself, and has to pick his spots when he wants to stir things up.

Both have done an excellent job of distracting opponents over the last six weeks with Marchand’s piece de resistance coming against the Penguins: he distracted Matt Cooke and then beat him down the ice for a scoring wrist shot over Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove hand in Boston’s Game 2 blowout win. That was the perfect marriage of Marchand’s agitating and offensive abilities in one simple, beautiful, revenge-filled play.

It remains to be seen whether the two agitators will be out on the ice much against each other in the series, and it could be that part of Shaw’s mission is to get Marchand off his game.