The Chicago Blackhawks have anticipated excellent issues from 2011 second-round select Brandon Saad. More than the weekend, the young wing acquired his game rolling in Rockford ahead of coming up to Chicago for a shot at making the club.
Saad had a massive weekend for the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, leading the IceHogs to two wins. A 6-stage work earned Saad the CCM/AHL Player of the Week Monday.
Saad is the second Rockford skater to acquire this honor this season. Kyle Seaside won the award back in the fourth week of the season.
Saad assisted Rockford break a 4-game skid Friday evening against Grand Rapids, who beat a brief-handed IceHogs squad 6-3 last Wednesday. Three assists and the game-winning goal sparked Rockford's 5-2 win at the BMO Center.
The following night, Saad's overtime aim earned his group a 2-1 victory in Milwaukee. Saad also had a secondary help on Jeremy Morin's 13th goal of the season. The tally tied the game with below four minutes to play and set up Saad's game winning heroics 52 seconds into additional time.
Up until the weekend, Saad had six goals and eight helpers on the season in 26 video games. The two objective, 4 aid explosion matched his offensive output in his preceding 16 contests.
I noted final week that Saad has had problems in Rockford at instances this season. Perhaps this weekend is the commence of bigger things for him, both in Rockford or Chicago.
A lot more Hogs In Camp: Eight IceHogs are now skating at Johnny's Icehouse as part of the Hawks' camp. Joining Saad in Chicago for now are Nick Leddy, Brandon Bollig, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Pirri and Ryan Stanton. Jimmy Hayes was also recalled on Monday.
The IceHogs are not in action right up until Friday, http://www.blackhawkswinterclassicshop.com/42-Patrick_Kane_Winter_Classic_Jersey
when they host Peoria. As as end result, Saad and the rest of the hopefuls can skate with an eye on producing the staff. I would anticipate 3 or 4 gamers to return to Rockford by the time the puck drops with the Rivermen.
Smith Victim Of Undesirable Luck: One of the players not recalled is Ben Smith, who happens to lead the team with 15 goals. Smith injured his hand Friday evening, even though he did finish the game and assisted on Saad's aim. He was not in the lineup Saturday and so far there is no timetable for a return.
Smith has rallied from an injury-plagued 2011-twelve campaign only to see his opportunity to crack the 'Hawks lineup disappear for now. Hopefully this is absolutely nothing severe and Smith can get back to action. If any of the IceHogs deserved a call-up, http://www.blackhawkswinterclassicshop.com/14-Bobby_Orr_Winter_Classic_Jersey
it was him.
Massive Homestand Coming Up: Rockford players will be obtainable if necessary with the IceHogs settling in for a 5-game stretch at the BMO Center.
Following this weekend's games with Peoria and Grand Rapids, Rockford plays host to Texas, Chicago and Oklahoma City. http://www.blackhawkswinterclassicshop.com/46-Stan_Mikita_Winter_Classic_Jersey
The game with the Barons loses a minor luster with a lot of skaters gone for Edmonton, but wins are necessary to enhance on Rockford's 19-17-1-one record.
A far better start for the IceHogs has attendance up a bit from final season. Rockford is drawing an regular of 4,304 followers a game, just a bit under the team record numbers from the 2010-eleven season. Some huge weekend video games, which includes the team's annual Pink In The Rink night for breast cancer analysis Friday, need to push that variety closer to the 4,360 tempo that set the franchise mark.