Blackhawks Recall Hinostroza, IceHogs Sign 2 Forwards

On Thursday, the Blackhawks recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza.

Hinostroza, who turns 23 on Monday, scored six goals with eight assists in 48 games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He has three goals and four assists in 15 games with Rockford.

Also on Thursday, the Rockford IceHogs announced the team has signed forwards Matheson Iacopelli and William Pelletier to ATO contracts. Iacopelli has already agreed to a two-year, entry-level deal with the Blackhawks that starts next year.

Pelletier, 24, just finished his senior year at NCAA Division III Norwich University. Listed at 5-7 and 167 pounds, Pelletier scored 53 goals in 83 career collegiate games, including 18 during the 2016-17 season.

21 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Hinostroza, IceHogs Sign 2 Forwards

  1. Wonder if he will just be an extra body so regulars can rest next week or if he actually gets some postseason ice time.

  2. Hinostroza makes 3,857 every day he’s on the roster. Hawks have 35k in space. 11 days remaining in the season including today so this appears temporary.

    No roster limits after the deadline. That’s how Hayden is on the roster and why Anisimov wasn’t put on I/R. 26 players on roster at the moment.

    Unless Anisimov is retroactively put on LTIR it looks like Hinostroza has to go back down at least for a couple days.

  3. Good to see Vinnie back up here. Good to get his speed in the lineup even though it’s probably to just fill in for a starter to get some rest.

  4. Except the regular season ends the next day on Sunday.

    But, thinking about this. The numbers listed were post Hinostroza recall. So they assume he’s with the Hawks until year end. All good. Apologies

  5. I hope he gets paired up with Hossa and Hartman. That line played really well together earlier in the season when Kruger was out. Hmm… Then Jurco with Hayden and Kruger? That would be a really good 4th line. Tough and fast.
    It seems like I was blocked from posting with my old name and e-mail for a while. Has that ever happened to anyone else? I decided to just change it and now I’m back again. Keith

  6. Vinne, lets go baby. You have always been part of the roster. Get in there and play. Lets go.

  7. I have a feeling for the hawks go deep it will require the energy and dedication of these young guys…hinostroza, hartman, schmaltz, etc. Very happy he was recalled

  8. With the young forwards above and Kero, what I like is how they all bring something different to the team, (Speed and energy, sandpaper and going to the tough spots, vision and hands, and ability to kills penalties/shut down.)

    Knott got his first two goals of the playoffs last night, including OT winner against London. Score was 3-2.

  9. re: ganderhawks – if the Blackhawks “need” Hinostroza to go deep we have some serious issues to discuss….

    the Blackhawks going deep will require

    Hartman stay out of the box – and get other guys to go there
    Hayden stay physical – be a wrecking ball (read: Hulk – Smash… but while playing the game)
    Schmaltz to shoot – don’t defer to 19 & Panik too much
    TvR to be consistent – don’t need sexy. just do your job

    Most of all, they need Anisimov on the ice. All of the dominoes fall into place when he’s at 2C, but the Hawks don’t have a replacement piece there. This is why I’ve consistently laughed at people who say the Hawks should deal Anisimov to save cap space – he’s a very good player who fills a critical role on this team. The biggest non-health-related difference between the Hawks teams that have won 3 Cups and those that have come up short over the last decade is center depth. I really like this team’s chances if they have Toews-Anisimov-Kero-Kruger healthy for a couple months…

  10. Hinostroza and Jurco are both LW. Jurco is only there so Stan can prove he did not waste a 3rd round pick on a mediocre player (aka Rundblad). Should at least start with the Hogs to prove himself as has Vinnie. Vinnie provides grit, and energy.
    Hope he gets some ice time to prove that. Anisimov is the center we needed to get to the playoffs. Roll out the HHH line.

  11. Would add that some defensive help in cutting down grade A scoring chances would be very beneficial. A little more consistency at the dot would help too.

    Then again, how important are faceoffs? Pens and Hawks rank 28 and 27 in faceoffs but are top 5 in points. With the BJs at 20th and the Caps at 14th…the Wild are the only top 5 team above 50% at the dot…..wierd

  12. This move brings us to 16 forwards (including Artie). This virtually ensures Desjardins & Tootoo can lead the press box cheering section and locker room and airplane inspirational sessions when necessary.

  13. The one thing about Desjardins is he can also play center or at the very least take draws so I wouldnt count him out. And if you remember Tootoo was an effective player and actually has a leadership type role on the team. Remember Foley saying he was one of the vocal guys in the room?

    I could see all of these guys getting rotated in the playoffs depending on who theyre playing. If they play Calgary I wouldnt be shocked to see Desjardins and Tootoo on the ice to face some of that truculence Burke likes so much. If they play Nashville they go with the Hinostroza.

    When Anisimov gets healthy they have a lot of bodies. I dont ever remember them having this many good nhl caliber forwards.

  14. With him being a local product and as much as I would love to see Hino become a real ongoing contributor on the ice, I’ve never really caught the Vinnie fever with many of the rest of you. I don’t see the requisite skill that matches the energy to make him a roster piece that the organization must have.
    I hope I’m wrong and I have to eat crow sometime down the line but I just don’t see it.

  15. I have to agree this might be the deepest group of forwards the Blackhawks have iced in a long time, if they can stay healthy and the rookies can keep it going through the playoffs. With 2 goalies playing most nights anyways at the top of their game and a defensive core that can all contribute quality minutes even the ones not playing regularly seems to be very impressive lineup heading into the postseason.

  16. This is the deepest forward group Chicago has had since the 2010 Cup team. Up and down. Options on PK, three lines w/ a 20-goal scorer. Could use another consistent faceoff guy but they’re scoring in bunches in spite of having 1-2 good guys at the dot (Kruger hasn’t been great this year at all).

  17. At the start of the year I was thinking they will probably lose at least a half dozen games because the rookies will need to get some experience and these things happen. Now the team is at 50 victories so it’s been a pretty amazing year. I guess SB was pretty smart accumulating all those college players through the draft when other teams weren’t doing the same thing. I remember at one time the Hawks had by far in away the most number of drafted college players than any other team. It has all come to fruition. Don’t forget TVR was in college not too long ago either.

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