Week 25 brought about three games for the IceHogs. To keep in close contention with the rest of the Western Conference for a playoff spot, the Hogs needed to take at least 4 out of 6 points. Could the boys from RockVegas do it? Find out after the jump.
Ahead of the lockout, the Blackhawks have assigned 26 players to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. The list follows after the jump.
Blackhawks prospect camp finished with a thriller of a scrimmage on Friday. The goals came early and fairly often in this one.
Thursday’s scrimmage at Blackhawks prospect camp featured some big prospect names that were absent from Wednesday’s game–and a skills competition.
Blackhawks prospect camp on Wednesday featured the first scrimmage of the week after Team A/the Red Team practiced for about an hour beforehand.
The Blackhawks have released a general preview for camp that looks at the numbers. It’s full of interesting and sometimes quirky facts, and it offers a great opportunity for me to open my own preview by looking at some numbers of my own. Out of the 27 forwards attending prospect camp, 14 are Free Agent Invitees–which means the remaining 13 are in the Blackhawks’ system. 14 of those 27 have been playing college hockey, 2 played in the USHL, 1 in the WHL, 2 in the OHL, 1 in high school, 1 in the QMJHL, and the remaining 6 come from European Leagues (1 SM-Liiga, 3 MHL, 1 SEL, 1 SUI-JR). Of the 6 Illinoisans attending camp, 4 of them are forwards. The forwards have one of the notable legacy attendees–right wing Chris Calnan, the Blackhawks’ 79th overall draft pick this year, who just happens to be Jeremy Roenick’s nephew.
Now let’s take a look at the forward attendees one-by-one:
Week 25 featured three more huge games for the IceHogs as they continue to make their playoff push. They welcomed back former IceHog Jeff Taffe and his Houston Aeros into the BMO Harris Bank Center for two tilts and then made the quick bus trip up to Milwaukee for a Midwest Division showdown.
Rockford IceHog Mark McNeill eyes a future in the NHL. (Rockford Register Star)
Two videos from yesterday’s practice, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune:
Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks, more than likely. Steve Mason will be between the pipes for the Blue Jackets. (@smitchcd)
Nick Leddy turns 21 today. Yes, he’s just now old enough to drink legally in the United States. Remember this the next time you want to berate him, meatballs.
Speaking of Leddy, he’s been finding consistency since being paired with Johnny Oduya. (CSN Chicago)
- The Blackhawks are taking on the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Previews: Second City Hockey, Blackhawk Up, Cheer The Anthem
- Jonathan Toews is in for tonight’s game. That was expected. What no one suspected is that Patrick Sharp would also be in the lineup tonight. (nhl.com)
- Sharp could have the broken wrist bone removed when the season’s over, but it’s not critical for movement. (Chicago Tribune)
- Corey Crawford is in net for the Blackhawks. Cory Schneider will be backing the Canucks. (Left Wing Lock)