The Blackhawks recalled 8 players from Rockford this morning. The IceHogs season ended last week and what is normal practice around the NHL, the parent club calls up players they want to get extended looks at in practice.
Obviously, the most intriguing players called up were Shawn Lalonde and Kyle Beach. But an under the radar guy for me is Brian Connelly. The Hawks signed him last summer as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado College. Connelly responded by leading Rockford defensemen in scoring with 35 points. He won’t get the press that Lalonde does but he’ll certainly be in the mix next year for a roster spot. At least at the beginning of training camp.
Other than those three, it’s a mish-mosh of retreads who don’t bring a whole lot to the table.
Just so we’re all clear, don’t expect to see any of these players in anything other than practice jerseys. Also, the first person who asks to dress Kyle Beach after the next Hawks loss will be paddled.