IceHogs Sign Darren Raddysh

The Rockford IceHogs have signed OHL Defenseman of the Years Darren Raddysh to a one-year, AHL contract.

Raddysh, 21, is listed at 6-1 and 200 pounds and is a right-handed shot. He posted 16 goals and 65 assists in 62 games with the Erie Otters last season – where he was teammates with top Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat.

Raddysh was never drafted by an NHL club and spent the last five seasons with Erie.

16 thoughts on “IceHogs Sign Darren Raddysh

  1. Like the move also. Just interesting nobody signed him to a entry level deal.
    Either way right hand shot for Rockford.

  2. Can he still be sign with a team in Nhl … ?
    How come nobody see him in the Nhl yet ..because he is not fast enought ? Or not good enought ?
    He does not belong to Hawks …so iff somebody want to try him what can happend ..

  3. Signing freeze on 2010 assume they’ll sign to nhl contract later on either next year or sooner just get him lockrd up now.

  4. Darren is Taylors older brother and D-cats teammate

    Brock Otten from OHLprospects.ca, to provide some qualitative analysis

    Raddysh is an excellent two-way defender. He doesn’t possess elite athleticism or size, which is likely why he has never been drafted. His skating has improved a lot over the course of his OHL career, to the point of it being average now. His straight line speed and acceleration will never be elite, but he’s worked hard to improve his overall mobility to make himself one of the better defenders in the OHL. His gap control and defensive awareness is excellent and he plays with a lot of moxy, be it battling in the corners or putting his body on the line to block a shot. Offensively, he has one of the best stretch passes in the entire OHL and has fantastic vision. His ability to start the breakout is a major asset, as he’s always got his head up, looking to get the puck to Erie’s high powered, skilled forwards. Again, he’s not a dynamic skater and isn’t the type to be a major factor leading a rush deep into offensive territory. Instead, he uses his passing skills, vision, and intelligence to carve apart gaps in the defense. He excels as a powerplay QB for this reason as well.

  5. As yourself why his brother TAYLOR was not drafted by the HAWKS? They had a chance instead drafted TINY DEBRINKAT instead???? Allowing TAMPA to draft him instead! Taylor who has size!!!!
    Let’s ask Mr. KELLEY and BOWMAN that question, shall we? Oh yeah, they also drafted TINY VINNY H and TINY Anthony LOUIS???

    Taylor will be in NHL and succeed before the little DEBRINKAT who is a nice player but the NHL is out of his league!!!

  6. Anyone else hear this, reported on Sportsnet in Canada where Hossa could retire due to severe allergic reaction to his equipment.

    “The sources who confirmed the allergy stressed not to make fun of it, with one saying, “It’s only funny to anyone who’s never had it.” Details are sketchy, because no one would give full information, but the medication necessary to combat the allergy is potent enough that doctors wanted his blood tested every few weeks to make sure there were no major side effects.”

  7. TOTTI makes a good point. DeBrinkat has super-elite skills but is very small. He may be the next Johnny Hockey (we hope), but the problem with the Hawks is that their line-up as a whole is undersized as compared to other teams. They get out-hit all the time.

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