One of the only recent Ottawa-area players to be drafted in the first round of the OHL Priority Draft, Shawn Lalonde joined the Belleville Bulls' blueline in the fall of 2006. The top rookie scorer on the team during the 2006-07 season, Lalonde posted 26 points (6 goals, 20 assists) in 58 regular season games during his freshman OHL campaign. He was then chosen to represent Canada in the U-18 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
2007-08: Lalonde's regular season statistics remained fairly stable from his rookie year, recording 31 points in 66 games, however, he was much of a force in the playoffs than he was last year. In the Bulls 21 playoff games, Lalonde posted nine points (2 goals, 7 assists). Lalonde ranked fourth among blueliners in scoring at this year's Memorial Cup, registering 3 assists in 4 games.
2008-09: Lalonde skated in 66 games for the Belleville Bulls, scoring 19 goals, 35 assists for 54 points and earning 73 PIMs. He scored another 3 goals and 9 assists in 17 playoff games while earning 36 PIMs.
2009-10: With P.K. Subban joining the pro ranks with the Montreal organization, Lalonde became the top blueliner on Belleville. He led the Bulls in scoring with 56 points in 58 games, including 13 goals and 43 assists. He was second on the team with 87 PIMs. The Bulls struggled as a team and Lalonde finished with a minus-21 rating. He joined Rockford in the AHL when the Bulls did not qualify for the OHL playoffs, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist in 8 regular season games for the 'Hogs. He appeared in 3 of Rockford's playoff games but did not score. Lalonde was one of the final cuts from Canada's U20 WJC training camp.
2010-11: Lalonde skated in 73 games as a rookie pro with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He scored 5 goals and 27 assists for 32 points, which ranked third among the team's rookie skaters. A combination of low offensive totals for the team as a whole and Lalonde's own struggles in the defensive zone led to a minus-16 rating on the year. He still played with some edge against the bigger professional players, tying for second among Rockford's regular blueliners with 76 PIMs and dropping the gloves 4 times.
2011-12: Lalonde struggled a bit in his second season in Rockford – skating in just 64 of 76 games for the IceHogs and failing to match the offensive numbers he put up in his rookie AHL season. Lalonde was minus-two for Rockford with 2 goals and 11 assists. He was fourth on the Ice Hogs in penalty minutes (100). Rockford missed the AHL playoffs.
2012-13: Lalonde appeared in his first NHL game – finishing +1 in 15 minutes of ice time in the Blackhawks season finale against St. Louis. He played 59 games for Chicago's AHL affiliate Rockford in his third pro season. Lalonde scored 5 goals with 18 assists and was an even plus/minus with 91 penalty minutes for the IceHogs. Rockford finished third in the Midwest Division, two points behind Milwaukee for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Lalonde received a tender offer from Chicago in July 2013 before signing to play for Eisbaren Berlin in Germany in 2013-14.
Lalonde is a mobile defenseman who has the ability to jump into the rush when required. Though he displays good instincts on the ice, Lalonde needs to improve his defensive play and make better decisions at times. He also needs to improve his strength and play consistently for the entire game.
Lalonde has two advantages when it comes to finding ice time among the crowd in Rockford: he is, aside from Adam Clendening, the most offensive-minded blueliner on the IceHogs, and second, he is the only Blackhawks defensive prospect in the AHL that shoots right-handed. He is still likely not on the Blackhawks radar anytime soon, but could make an impact in the AHL in 2013-14.