On Sunday, the Rockford IceHogs season came to a close. There were a number of notable performances from some Chicago Blackhawks prospects in the AHL this season.
Brandon Pirri led the AHL with 75 points (22 goals, 53 assists) in 76 games this year. His 53 goals tied for the league lead as well, and his six game-winning tied for ninth in the AHL.
Jeremy Morin finished the season tied for fifth in the AHL with 30 goals in 67 games. Morin also tied for fifth in the league with 12 powerplay goals.
Ben Smith, who played only 54 games, finished tied for the AHL lead with eight game-winning goals. He also finished tied for 12th in the league with 28 goals, and his ten powerplay goals tied for 13th in the league.
Adam Clendening, the IceHogs AHL All-Star game representative, finished 15th in the AHL with 17 powerplay assists. Clendening’s 46 points ranked ninth among all AHL rookies.
Jimmy Hayes finished fourth in the IceHogs with 25 goals.
The Hawks will have some decisions to make this summer with a number of players on the AHL roster. The following players will be restricted free agents this summer:
- F Kyle Beach
- F Max Suave
- D Shawn Lalonde
- D Ryan Stanton
- D Joe Lavin
Forward Drew LeBlanc will also be a restricted free agent this summer. He has yet to play a professional game, but has been on the NHL roster since signing with Chicago.
Goalies Carter Hutton, Henrik Karlsson and Alec Richards will be unrestricted free agents this summer.