Photo: The Rockford IceHogs second-leading scorer is winger Ben Smith, one of the many prospects with NHL experience in the Rockford lineup this season. (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)
Expected by many to be among the top teams in the AHL this season, the Rockford IceHogs have put together another up-and-down start to a season. Even with several players on the roster who are expected to be full-time NHL players when the season begins, the team has managed a 17-16-1-1 record so far in 2012-13. There have been good stretches – four separate stretches have seen the 'Hogs rattle off at least three consecutive wins – but they are always accompanied by times when the team has struggled to come away with any points in the standings.
Photo: One of the top defensive prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks prospect pool, Dylan Olsen will look to continue rounding out his game in Rockford in 2012-13. (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon SMI)
A significant number of early-round draft picks in recent years have put the Chicago Blackhawks system among the deepest organizations in the league. Although there may not be much in the way of blue-chip talent, the system has multiple NHL-caliber prospects at each position and plenty of players competing at the AHL level.
BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, November 3, 2008 – Shawinigan Cataractes forward Philippe Paradis and P.E.I. Rocket netminder Bobby Nadeau today were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from October 27 to November 2.
In four contests, Paradis registered seven assists as well as a +4 rating. Moreover, he dished out serious punishment on the fore-check, collecting fourteen bodychecks. The forward enjoyed his best game of the week on Tuesday against the Titan, recording an assist on both the game-tying and game-winning goals. The Cataractes have won ten consecutive games, three shy of the franchise record.
Danick Paquette (MAINEiacs), Mikhail Stefanovich (Remparts) and Chris Doyle (Rocket) were also considered.
The defensive player of the week is Bobby Nadeau. The goaltender enabled the Rocket to collect five out of a possible six points in the standings thanks to two wins and a shootout loss. He allowed only six goals despite facing 112 shots, posting a 1.95 goals-against-average and .949 save percentage. P.E.I. has been playing solid hockey for the past few weeks and sits in fourth place in the Atlantic division standings.