With all of Chicago falling head-over-heels in love with Andrew Shaw and Jimmy Hayes, it’s worth looking around the rest of the Blackhawks organization to see how other top prospects are performing.
As we’ve done in November and December, here’s a look at what some of the top prospects in the organization are doing in mid-January.
Brandon Pirri has continued to play good hockey in Rockford. He’s now at 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) and is plus-nine in 38 games this season. Pirri was named to the AHL All-Star Game.
After getting a late start to the season, Jeremy Morin is having a strong season for the IceHogs as well. He now has 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and is plus-one with 77 penalty minutes in 34 games.
Kevin Hayes, younger brother of Jimmy, continues to play well for Boston College this year. He has four goals and 12 assists in 23 games. Another big center, he could find himself in Rockford once his college season ends.
Phillip Danault didn’t make Canada’s WJC roster, but that hasn’t slowed down the 2011 first round pick’s production for Victoriaville (QMJHL). Now with a contract in place with the Hawks, Danault has 47 points (nine goals, 38 assists) and 51 penalty minutes in 40 games.
Like Danault, Mark McNeill has a contract with the Hawks now and is putting together a strong season for Prince Albert (WHL). In 42 games, McNeill has posted 18 goals and 29 assists.
Brandon Saad had a disappointing WJC tournament, but he’s now the captain for the Saginaw Spirit (OHL). In 19 games, he has 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists).
One prospect that did have an impressive WJC tournament was Ludvig Rensfeldt, who had a fantastic tournament for eventual champion Sweden. Rensfeldt has 10 goals and 13 assists in 33 games with Sarnia (OHL).
Goalie Mac Carruth was named CHL goaltender of the week for his performance last week with Portland (WHL). So far this year, Carruth is 28-10-1 with a .908 save percentage.
Some defensemen that are still in the college ranks are having solid seasons as well.
Adam Clendening two goals, 15 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 19 games for Boston University. Stephen Johns has two goals, four assists and 61 penalty minutes in 23 games for Notre Dame.
Justin Holl has three goals, five assists and 20 penalty minutes in 25 games with the University of Minnesota. Michael Paliotta has two goals and five assists at the University of Vermont. And Paul Phillips has one goal and six assists in 24 games with the University of Denver. Phillips is an assistant captain at Denver.