As the NHL and the NHLPA continue leaving fans at home, the AHL season is about to begin. The Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate in Rockford has an impressive roster with a handful of young players with NHL experience.
Now two full seasons removed from the Stanley Cup victory (and subsequent break-up), it’s worth looking at this year’s Rockford roster to see how it’s been impacted by various trades over the last couple years.
Kyle Beach – 2008 Draft – 1st rnd (#11)
Brandon Bollig - free agent signing (2010)
Rob Flick – 2010 Draft – 4th rnd (#120)
Jimmy Hayes - acquired from Toronto for Calgary’s 2010 2nd rnd pick
- traded pick acquired from Calgary for Rene Bourque
Marcus Kruger - 2009 Draft – 5th rnd (#149)
Peter LeBlanc - 2006 Draft – 7th rnd (#186)
Jeremy Morin – acquired from Atlanta with Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb and New Jersey’s 1st and 2nd round picks in 2010 (acq. by ATL in Ilya Kovalchuk trade) – #26 (F Kevin Hayes) and #54 (D Justin Holl) for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu
Philippe Paradis – acquired from Toronto with Viktor Stalberg and Chris DiDomenico for Kris Versteeg and Billy Sweatt.
Brandon Pirri – 2009 Draft – 2nd rnd (#59)
Brandon Saad – 2011 Draft – 2nd rnd (#43)
- pick acquired with Toronto’s 2011 3rd round pick (#70 – D Michael Paliotta) from Calgary thru Toronto for Toronto’s 2010 2nd rnd pick. Chicago acquired Toronto’s pick from Montreal for Robert Lang
Andrew Shaw – 2011 Draft – 5th rnd (#139)
Ben Smith – 2008 Draft – 6th rnd (#169)
- pick acquired from Ottawa for Martin LaPointe
Adam Clendening – 2011 Draft – 2nd rnd (#36)
- pick acquired with Ivan Vishnevskiy from Atlanta for Andrew Ladd
Klas Dahlbeck - 2011 Draft – 2nd rnd (#79)
Shawn Lalonde – 2008 Draft – 2nd rnd (#68)
Joe Lavin – 2007 Draft – 5th rnd (#126)
Nick Leddy – acquired from Minnesota with Kim Johnsson for Cam Barker
Dylan Olsen – 2009 Draft – 1st rnd (#28)
Ryan Stanton - free agent signing (2010)
Carter Hutton – free agent signing (2012)
Alec Richards – free agent signing (2009)
Forwards Martin St. Pierre, Wade Brookbank and Brandon Svendsen and defensemen Ben Youds and Brett Lebda are playing on AHL contracts.
As you can see, only 10 of the 26 players on the Rockford roster were drafted by the Blackhawks with picks that were originally property of the Chicago organization.