In a way, Blackhawks fans have to be a little thankful the IceHogs trolled their way through the end of the season but did not end up in the AHL’s playoffs–as this has enabled the Hawks to call up some of the people who are doing a ton of work with the IceHogs. It started out with Nick Leddy earlier this season and, more recently, with Ben “I Actually Show Up to Work” Smith–and now we have seven more players coming up! (icehogs.com)
- Rob Klinkhammer, LW- he made his NHL debut last December against the Stars, and he was a +1 and recorded a shot. He paced Rockford with a +14 and had a career-high 17 goals and 46 points! I’ve been rooting for him for a while, so I genuinely hope he gets his chance to shine this time around!
- Jeremy Morin, C- he’s been up with Blackhawks for nine games this season, recording 3 points (two goals and one assist) and a +2 rating. He played 22 games with the IceHogs, recording 12 points (8 goals and 4 assists). He was also a member of the bronze medal-winning Team USA at the World Junior Championships.
- Brandon Pirri, C – he made his NHL debut in this season’s home opener, and throughout his season with the IceHogs he’s recorded 31 assists to put him third on the team and eighth among AHL rookies. Along with 12 goals for a total of 43 points, Pirri came in fourth among the IceHogs for the season.
- Brian Connelly, D- he has done an excellent job this season with the IceHogs with his career-high 52 points, 41 of which were assists. He was honored as the IceHogs’ Rookie of the Year last season, as well as their top defenseman this season, going on to represent the team in the 2011 AHL All-Star Game.
- Shawn Lalonde, D- I’m a huge Lalonde fan, so it was really great to look at his end-of-season stats when he got called up: 32 points (5 goals, 27 assists), which places him as second among IceHogs defensemen and sharing the fifth spot in the AHL. He also had 142 shots on goal, sixth on the IceHogs and second among the defensemen.
- Ryan Stanton, D- In his first professional season, he paced the IceHogs defensemen with a +9 and 17 points (3 goals and 14 assists)–not to mention he shared the second spot due to his 76 penalty minutes. He was also honored with Rockford’s Most Improved Player this season, and here’s to hoping he continues this ascent.
- Alec Richards, G- the young goaltender had two shutouts in 44 games with the IceHogs this year, which was his first professional season. He had a 2.89GAA and finished the season with a 17-21-2 record. Goaltending has been rather inconsistent for the IceHogs this season, but overall Richards has been reliable in goal and has made some impressive saves.