Who, on the farm we audition?
As Alpo hopes for new actors in his theatre company, and Mike Smith runs out of players of any real trade value, now is when the Hawks will be evaluating just who might possibly help the team until the Mike Smith drafts are ready for their auditions.
Wilford, also drafted as a Chicago Cub pitcher, is a chunky six footer who has played well on the minor pro level, but is probably not quick enough for the present pro game.
Geoff Peters produces good all around play and could project as the next Chris Herpinger, a utility forward who always plays hard and does many things decently. And he fits the Chicago salary structure.
Jeff Paul has not shown enough progress to expect him playing in Chicago at this time. The smaller Hawk defensemen are better transition players and it is clear the Alpo system is “transition is much more important than transgression.”
Bell will be a pro, because has many aspects and ways may be able to contribute. Of course the Hawks would love to see his offensive game and passing skills improve so he contributes to bolstering their scoring, but his present skating ability and edge have to project him into the majors no matter if he finds the trigger before next October. His all around potential exceeds most Hawk forwards, and he does all things well. Most Hawk forwards cannot provide three zone play, physicality, and scoring. He has the potential to improve into just such a player. That insures him a major league shot, before his contract is up.
Reto von Arx is presently in his third tour of duty with the parent club, called up because of injuries.
He looks to be quick in some situations but overall doesn’t have major league speed, but does display soft passes. He is disenchanted with the North American minor leagues where the players do not enjoy the celebrity status of the Swiss and Euro leagues. He has talked to Swedish teams as possiblr homes next season, unless this tenure in Chicago sticks.