Photo: After trading away much of its defensive depth, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ville Pokka represents the top of the team’s minor league depth chart (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Rockford IceHogs had a stellar 2014-15 season, making the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009-10. Despite being eliminated by the Grand Rapids Griffins, the IceHogs made tremendous strides, which have carried over to this season. At the time of this writing, the IceHogs sit atop the Central Division with a 27-10-3-4 record.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ville Pokka is on track to bolster next year’s team (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The 2013–2014 season was not kind to the Rockford IceHogs. Inconsistency with scoring and goaltending led to a 35-32-5-4 record, resulting in Rockford missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Photo: Stephen Johns is one of Chicago’s many hulking defensemen who likely have a future in the NHL (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
For years, one of the key concerns plaguing the Chicago Blackhawks was the lack of a quality second-line center. While general manager Stan Bowman is hoping his big free agent acquisition, Brad Richards, is a temporary solution for the 2014-15 season, the answer for future seasons may come from within the organization. Bowman and Co. have taken it upon themselves over the past few years to draft a plethora of centers.
Photo: Tyler Motte will look to use an increase in ice time to bolster his offensive production in 2014-15. (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire)
The Chicago Blackhawks found themselves on the wrong side of the handshake line after game seven of the Western Conference Final, and although the Blackhawks’ offseason plans did not include planning another celebratory parade, there was plenty of work to be done.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks defensive prospect Dillon Fournier produced 31 goals and 77 assists for 108 points in 207 QMJHL games (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
A shoulder injury cost Chicago Blackhawks’ prospect Dillon Fournier much of his 2013-14 season in the QMJHL. This year’s Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookie tournament afforded him the opportunity to test his legs — and his mettle. Read more»