Blackhawks Send Six To Rockford

On Friday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that forwards Mark McNeill, Alex Broadhurst and Drew LeBlanc and defensemen Mathieu BriseboisDillon Fournier and Viktor Svedberg have been assigned to Rockford.

 

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Send Six To Rockford

  1. Don, because Danault can do more…McNeil is learning more aspects to the game, like PK and is really coming around…I think there’s a bottom 6 forward there, that can play a physical game for us in another year.

  2. Brad,
    I tend to agree with you but it seems like he is getting a quick boot down to Rockford. SB did not mention his name either when asked about prospects who stood out in training camp.

  3. McNeil is at the precipice of being just another guy at Rockford. He either develops and steps it up in a big way at Rockford or he soon becomes an afterthought. I’m not optimistic on his future in this league, let alone with the Blackhawks.

  4. Don, often that’s because there are so many for SB to remember…in an earlier interview after the rookie tourney, SB went out of his way to mention McNeil’s progress…don’t read too much into it. Like Bickell, McNeill needs a fire lit under his butt from time to time…

    As for leaving early, its not a huge reflection on McNeil, its just that the 13th and 14th forward positions are being hotly contested…and if its true about the Hawks trying to move Steeger, then someone else is on the roster besides Morin and Regin…they just need to take a long look at who’s left…the fact that Ross, Danault and the Moose are all still left reflects well on them.

    We really have a great system…

  5. I am falling in love with Danault and the Moose. Love the size and ability they bring. A 4th line of Danault, Moose and Ben Smith would be pretty impressive and that’s means the 3rd line would be Shaw, Bickell and Morin. I know many of you love Kruger but it looks like Danault can bring the same kind of play with size.

  6. McNeil will never be an NHL regular his game isn’t at that level now. Nothing against him it just isnt meant to be at this time. If I’m Stan I move him while they is still value there. because the clock is ticking with him and there are a few forwards that have passed him. TT, Schmaltz, and Hartman are all rated higher according to Hockey Futures. That doesn’t include Danault and Morin(still rated behind him for some reason) who according to some are behind him. If that is actually the case. Hopefully Stan will get creative and move him.

    My biggest complaint w Stan has been managing the minors. I think he has done an A+ job with drafting talent but has let a lot of good prospects leave with little of no return. Clearly not every prospect is going to work out but getting something out of those guys would be nice. There was a time when LaLonde, Olsen & Beach were number 1 prospects and all 3 of them left town and got the Hawks nothing in return. Ryan Stanton was on waivers and picked up for nothing. Kevin Hayes got the Hawks nothing in return. Just knitpicking but nothing wrong w setting a high bar on Chicago’s most successful franchise in recent years.

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