Blackhawks Reassign Two 2011 First Round Picks

On Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks sent Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault back to their junior clubs.

The two first round picks by the Hawks in the 2011 Draft, McNeill and Danault played in their first NHL action in Tuesday night’s preseason game. Both were impressive.

Not reassigned was Brandon Saad, who has made a strong impression all summer. Rockford coach Ted Dent indicated at the rookie tournament that Saad would be back in juniors this year as well, but he is still in Chicago.

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