In October, we looked at a few of the Blackhawks prospects that had performed well to begin the season.
Now that we’re in mid-November, here is an updated look at some of the stars-of-tomorrow and how they’re playing this year.
Ben Smith missed the first few games in Rockford because of a concussion, but has been solid since joining the IceHogs on the ice. He has seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games with Rockford. He has three goals on the power play.
Brian Connelly continues to lead the way for the IceHogs, posting 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 11 games. He is minus-two with four penalty minutes thus far.
Also in Rockford, Jimmy Hayes has seven points (two goals, five assists) in nine games, while Brandon Pirri has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 11 games with the IceHogs.
Kevin Hayes, still at Boston College, has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 10 games.
Mark McNeill has accumulated 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 22 games with Prince Albert of the WHL. He is minus-nine, though, and has 12 penalty minutes.
Phillip Danault has piled up 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in only 19 games with Victoriaville of the QMJHL. He also has 25 penalty minutes already.
Ludvig Rensfeldt has been strong to begin the season with Sarnia of the OHL. He has scored seven goals with 10 assists already in just 18 games. Rensfeldt also has only four penalty minutes, and is plus-12.
Kyle Beach and Brandon Saad have had their seasons interrupted by injuries. Beach’s season may be over, while Saad injured a hand/wrist while blocking a shot. Saad still has 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in eight games with Saginaw of the OHL.
Adam Clendening has six assists and 26 penalty minutes in seven games at Boston University.
On Nov. 7, Mac Carruth was nominated by the WHL for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award after posting a 3-0-0-0 record. He made 56 saves against 59 shots faced (.949 save percentage) and 1.50 goals-against average. On the season, Carruth has a 10-7-1 record with a .900 save percentage with Portland.