FanPost

December Minor League Update

Hello folks it's me again, your least favorite Fan Shots writer because I write about things most people don't care about: Minor League players :). I kid, but not really. Most of these players are a ways away and the best of the players are playing in the World Juniors. Which I do follow but I'll let someone else cover that because I don't have the time but the following players are there.

US: Brandon Saad, Adam Clendening, Stephen Johns

Sweden: Ludvig Rensfeldt, Johan Mattsson, Joakim Nordstrom


There are two tables: December's stats (from the last post to game's played on Dec 27th) and the full season stats.

December's Stars:

1st Star : C Mark McNeill

2nd Star: C Brandon Pirri

3rd Star: W Jeremy Morin


Quick Points to look at:

  • Dylan Olsen has really struggled in the A this year. December was better with 1 G and only a -2 overall, but this takes his overall +- to -5 on the year. Olsen is being counted on to provide the Hawks a prime time defensive defenceman. He's the Hawks premier lockdown defender in the minors. His defensive partner, Shawn Lalonde had a decent month (1-2-3, +2) in December.
  • Mark McNeill broke out in a big way in December with nearly 2 points per game. It's a damn shame that he was a cut on Team Canada in the WJC. Team Canada is good but McNeill deserves to be on that team.
  • Another defender, Adam Clendening, continued his good year of development at Boston U. His December only was 4 Games but he managed 4 Assists in that time. The Boston U program has been taking some major hits with two players leaving (Trivino (rape), Coyle ( QMJHL) and it was rumoured that Clendening might be leaving too but he quickly dispelled that notion and said that he was committed to Boston U for the Spring semester.
  • I for one have been disappointed with the development of some of the other forward prospects including Rensfeldt (2nd round pick, 2010) and Jimmy Hayes (Acq from Toronto). They've struggled on their respective teams, but still have a chance to succeed. Rensfeldt has an extremely talented linemates in Sarnia even if he is not getting time with Nail Yakupov (the lock for the 1st pick in 2012).

Name Pos Team Lg GP G A Pts +- PIMS
Nick Leddy D Chicago Blackhawks NHL 12 0 2 2 -3 4
Jeremy Morin LW Rockford Icehogs AHL 7 1 5 6 3 26
Jeremy Morin LW Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 0 0 -1 0
Marcus Kruger C Chicago Blackhawks NHL 11 1 2 3 0 4
Mark McNeill C Prince Albert Raiders WHL 7 6 7 13 6 4
Dylan Olsen D Rockford Icehogs AHL 11 1 0 1 -2 24
Shawn Lalonde D Rockford Icehogs AHL 11 1 2 3 2 16
Adam Clendening D Boston University H-East 4 0 4 4 N/A 2
Brandon Saad LW Saginaw Spirit OHL 6 1 3 4 2 8
Kyle Beach LW Rockford Icehogs AHL 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Pirri C Rockford Icehogs AHL 9 3 7 10 0 2
Brandon Pirri C Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 2 2 3 0
Stephen Johns D Notre Dame CCHA 4 0 0 0 N/A 19
Kevin Hayes RW Boston College H-East 4 0 2 2 N/A 2
Ben Smith RW Rockford Icehogs AHL 4 2 2 4 3 2
Ben Smith RW Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 1 0 1 -3 0
Phillip Danault LW Victoriaville Tigers QMJHL 5 1 3 4 0 14
Ludvig Rensfeldt LW Sarnia Sting WHL 4 1 1 2 -4 4
Jimmy Hayes RW Rockford Icehogs AHL 11 2 5 7 2 7
Justin Holl D Univ of Minnesota WCHA 4 0 0 0 N/A 4
Phillippe Paradis LW Rockford Icehogs AHL 10 0 4 4 -3 2
Joakim Nordstrom C AIK SEL 5 0 0 0 -3 0
Michael Paliotta D Univ of Vermont H-East 5 1 1 2 N/A 6
Klas Dahlbeck D Linkoping HC SEL 8 0 0 0 -2 2
Maxim Shalunov RW Belie Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 0 0 0 0 N/A 0
Andrew Shaw C Rockford Icehogs AHL 11 5 0 5 1 35
Sam Jardine D Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 10 4 3 7 N/A 10
Alex Broadhurst C Green Bay Gamblers USHL 7 3 8 11 5 4

Here's the overall statistics for the year.

Name Pos Team Lg GP G A Pts +- PIMS
Nick Leddy D Chicago Blackhawks NHL 36 2 16 18 0 8
Jeremy Morin LW Rockford Icehogs AHL 24 5 10 15 1 56
Jeremy Morin LW Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 0 0 -1 0
Marcus Kruger C Chicago Blackhawks NHL 34 3 7 10 -2 12
Mark McNeill C Prince Albert Raiders WHL 34 15 20 35 -1 16
Dylan Olsen D Rockford Icehogs AHL 27 1 0 1 -5 36
Shawn Lalonde D Rockford Icehogs AHL 28 1 4 5 0 30
Adam Clendening D Boston University H-East 16 1 11 12 N/A 36
Brandon Saad LW Saginaw Spirit OHL 14 10 12 22 6 10
Kyle Beach LW Rockford Icehogs AHL 8 3 3 6 -1 18
Brandon Pirri C Rockford Icehogs AHL 28 13 18 31 3 8
Brandon Pirri C Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 2 2 3 0
Stephen Johns D Notre Dame CCHA 20 2 4 6 N/A 59
Kevin Hayes RW Boston College H-East 18 4 11 15 N/A 8
Ben Smith RW Rockford Icehogs AHL 13 8 6 14 -1 4
Ben Smith RW Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 1 0 1 -6 0
Phillip Danault LW Victoriaville Tigers QMJHL 30 6 26 32 3 43
Ludvig Rensfeldt LW Sarnia Sting WHL 29 10 12 22 4 8
Jimmy Hayes RW Rockford Icehogs AHL 28 5 13 18 1 11
Justin Holl D Univ of Minnesota WCHA 20 2 5 7 N/A 16
Phillippe Paradis LW Rockford Icehogs AHL 25 1 5 6 -10 20
Joakim Nordstrom C AIK SEL 29 2 1 3 -10 2
Michael Paliotta D Univ of Vermont H-East 16 1 4 5 N/A 16
Klas Dahlbeck D Linkoping HC SEL 32 0 0 0 -2 8
Maxim Shalunov RW Belie Medvedi Chelyabinsk MHL 24 16 11 27 N/A 30
Andrew Shaw C Rockford Icehogs AHL 30 9 8 17 0 63
Sam Jardine D Camrose Kodiaks AJHL 33 6 11 17 N/A 36
Alex Broadhurst C Green Bay Gamblers USHL 21 14 14 28 14 14
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