If you’ve been following some of the minor league player movement lately, the Rockford IceHogs have been interesting.
Back in January, defenseman Philip Holm signed with Lausanne Hockey Club in Switzerland’s National League. Holm, 28, had signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Hawks last summer. When he left, Holm had 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 30 games for the IceHogs.
In late April, forward Mathias From signed with Düsseldorfer EG in Germany’s top league. From, 22, had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 49 games this past season for Modo in Sweden’s second division. He was originally a fifth round pick (#143 overall) by the Hawks in the 2016 NHL Draft. Chicago owns From’s NHL rights until June 1.
Also in late April, forward Jacob Nilsson signed a two-year contract with Färjestad BK, where he will skate with former IceHogs teammate Victor Ejdsell. Nilson, 26, appeared in two NHL games for the Hawks during the 2018-19 season without recording a point. He scored 22 goals with 31 assists in 123 AHL games with the IceHogs over the past two seasons.
Last week, outlets in Sweden reported that forward Anton Wedin has signed with Swedish team HV71. Wedin, 27, did not score a point in four NHL games in late November and early December. He then missed all of January and most of February with a sprained MCL. Wedin scored seven goals and added 10 assists in 31 AHL games for the Rockford IceHogs.
Meanwhile, Rockford has added to its roster for the future.
In early April, Rockford signed forward Riley McKay to a one-year AHL contract for the 2020-21 season. McKay, 21, played four years with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL. Last season he had 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) and led the club with 93 penalty minutes. McKay was a teammate of Kirby Dach during the 2018-19 season.
The IceHogs also announced in early April that 28-year-old forward Garrett Mitchell signed an AHL contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season and the 2020-21 campaign. Mitchell registered six points (four goals, two assists) in 15 games after joining Rockford on Feb. 6. Mitchell was originally selected in the sixth round (#175 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Washington; he appeared in one game with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season.
Also in early April the Icehogs signed 24-year-old goaltender Tom Aubrun signed a two-year AHL contract starting with the 2020-21 season. Aubrun was the NEHC Player and Goaltender of the Year each of the last two seasons with Norwich University. The native of France posted an impressive 0.77 goals-against average, .967 save percentage and .889 winning percentage last season. He led the NEHC with 13 shutouts, including nine in a row from Jan. 25 to Mar. 7, and put together a 23-2-2 record in 27 appearances. Norwich won the NCAA Division III title in 2017 and 2019.
Forward D.J. Busdeker signed a two-year AHL contract in late April. Busdeker, 20, played forward and defenseman during his four-year junior career with the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL. He posted a career-high 57 points (22 goals, 35 assists) in 62 games last season.
Most recently, Rockford signed defenseman Jack Ramsey to a one-year AHL deal for the 2020-21 season. After being selected in the seventh round (#208 overall) by the Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Draft, Ramsey attended the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old appeared in 46 games with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL last season, where he scored two goals with eight assists.