The IceHogs made their first move of the all-too-soon summer on Wednesday afternoon as they announced the signing of Boston College captain Pat Mullane to an AHL contract for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
The Wallingford, Connecticut native was 3rd on the Eagles in scoring, behind Johnny Gaudreau and Steven Whitney, as he racked up 43 points (16 G, 27 A) in 38 games in 2012-13. He also racked up 1 game winning goal and 3 power play goals on the 2012-13 campaign.
In his 4 years at Boston College, the 5-foot-11, 190 pound forward participated in 163 games and notched a total of 140 points (42 G, 98 A). During his freshman and sophomore years, he was a +12 and during his junior season, he was a +11. During that junior campaign of 2011-12, Mullane won 54.3% of his faceoffs–which is good news for the IceHogs. Key centers such as Brandon Pirri (NHL entry level contract), Brad Mills and Martin St. Pierre (both on AHL deals) all have contracts that are expiring; it’s uncertain who will return for next year, especially since it’s so early in the summer. The addition of Mullane could prove to be a good insurance move if one, or more, of these players do not return to Rockford.
Mullane has been part of a dominant Boston College team for the past 4 years. The Eagles won their 4th consecutive Beanpot this season. He also helped the Eagles win two national championships (2010 and 2012). There were some familiar faces on that 2010 team for IceHogs fans: forwards Jimmy Hayes and Ben Smith.
Speaking of familiar faces, Mullane’s not a stranger to the Blackhawks organization. He attended Chicago’s prospect camp in July of 2012.