Blackhawks Recall Mark McNeill

On Monday morning, the Blackhawks recalled forward Mark McNeill from Rockford.

McNeill, 22, has nine goals and 10 assists in 29 games with the IceHogs this season. He’s been hot lately, enjoying a six-game point streak that included four goals and three assists between Jan. 12-23.

The 18th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks, McNeill recently reached 100 career points in the AHL (exactly 50 goals and assists) in 180 games with the IceHogs.

29 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Mark McNeill

  1. Congrats to him!!! I like him a lot he put in his team and always work hard he deserves an opertunity to show why he he was a 1st round pick #mcnasty

  2. Stick tap to Craig for calling this. I could actually see the Hawks trying to slot him in on the left side….although I’m interested to hear who gets sent down if anyone

  3. He is a far better player than Mashinter, it’s not even close. That goes for some other forwards in Rockford as well.

    Candidly, it’s amazing the Hawks have been as hot as they have w/ a skeleton fourth line consisting of variations of Rasmussen, Bickell, Mashinter, Panik and now Sekac. Kruger Shaw & McNeil come playoff time (assuming Bowman secures a better fit to play w/ Toews & Hossa) is a possibility if McNeil performs anywhere like Danault has.

  4. Likely to play against Carolina then perhaps back to Rockford for 3 games this week.

    Thanks for the shout out Ernie. Just seemed obvious to me that Dent was advocating for him. And if he was doing that in an interview he likely was telling that to Stan and company.

  5. Smart move to parlay his recent good play with his long awaited NHL debut. Strike while the iron is hot – while he’s feeling good about his play.

    He is a center who has played a lot of RW until this season when he has played mostly center. So where does he play? Does he take Rasmussen’s spot at 4C? Or take the 4RW spot? Hopefully they don’t try to shoehorn him into LW.

  6. It’s about time and hopefully he continues to work hard and becomes a member of the Hawks on a regular basis the many some of the other call ups have become.
    If not, then showcase him at the NHL level and clear his Rockford space for whoever may be next. With the success the Hawks have had, there was no rush to bring him up.
    I, personally, like the move. Don’t believe Sekac, Panik, or even Dano are the answer at this time.

  7. @ Craig

    Do you have any lottery numbers or stock picks? Great call on McNeil.

    Congrats to McNeil for making the big club! Way to go Mark!

  8. Someone else was mentioning Danault on a previous thread. Since being called up the team has gone 15-4 since Dec 18th. Someone can correct me if I am wrong but I don’t believe he has been scratched since his call up either.

    If you are Hawks fan you have to be impressed with the contributions from the new faces on what I was assuming would be a transition type season.

  9. Re: Mark M… seemed to play well with TT in limited time… but both r usually RW…

    This could get interesting. .. possible 1st dominoes of trades, depending on performances????

  10. @ Wall I agree a very interesting move. I wonder if its just the Hawks giving a cookie to a long time guy to provide some rest to some vets on the big club or if a few players might be getting moved?

  11. Don’t understand what has taken so long, but just feel now it is just a precursor to a trade. My understanding is it is the last year of his contract. Don’t know much about McNeil. However, he has been passed over time and again and I have not heard about him complaining at all about his circumstances. I hope he comes up and finds a home here or elsewhere in the NHL. Good luck to him and look forward to what Bowman has up his sleeve.

  12. If Sekac has the the flu. That probably means Panik and McNeil dress and Mashinter is a scratch.

    THANK YOU JEEBUS!

  13. I hope McNeil doesn’t take the road Jeremy Morin did; not quite cutting it. He’s a hard worker. I hope he gets a chance. 14 Rockford Icehogs from the ’12 team have been traded. Pirri, Clendenning and Morin to name a few. The only two to stick from that team are Kruger and Shaw.

  14. McNeil is getting called up temporarily. He isn’t much of a talent and will o the way of Kyle Beech when his contract expires in May.

  15. Thanks for the shout outs guys. Solid move by the Hawks to call him up, even if it amounts to just for one game. Sends the message if you work hard, produce and have a great attitude, you likely will get a chance.

  16. ….now…now…boys and girls?…don’t get too excited about this ….just another revolving doors first round draft choice buried in Rockford….but something is definitely brewing….Blackhawks definitely know how to pick them but the trouble is keeping them….not complaining at all…Coach Q just shuffles them until we have a winning machine….good luck Mark McNeill…. Hope you stick around for the hockey card set next season…….

  17. I have been a long time Non-Believer in MM… hated him 2nd to Cdenning…. but I have “warmed” to him in last year or so… I will add – he is the ONLY guy on Hogs who can actually shoot the puck into net… (most Goals I have seen down there- in person- are of the scrappy, hustle, rebound nature)…

    Guys like Hartman, Kero, Mash all called before him,,, got you thinking his IQ must be a little lower- cuz MM scores/shoots better than all of them…

    So- is it “showcase” for trade??? or is it Hawks need someone who can actually shoot the puck (Like Pirri/Bickell used to- on a team filed with Passers)

  18. When the 4th line options consist of Rasmussen, Mashinter, Panik and Sekac…well then of course there is OPPORTUNITY available to guys at Rockford. The pixie dust has clearly worn off Rasmussen. He’s slow on the skates too. Panik and Mashinter are interchangeable nothingness. Sekac is just a guy, and will be gone in the offseason.

    I wrote of McNeil a year ago. That said, he absolutely has an opportunity here. As do Kero and Hartman in Rockford given the current 4th line options.

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