Stanton among nine recalled from Rockford

April, 26, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Ryan Stanton and eight other players from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Friday.

The 23-year-old Stanton had three goals, 22 assists and a plus-16 rating in 73 games with the IceHogs this season. He was named the IceHogs' best defenseman. He has not appeared in an NHL game.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville believes Stanton earned a chance with the team based on his season in Rockford. Quenneville is uncertain if Stanton will play Friday against the Calgary Flames, but he expects him in the lineup for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

"I thought he had an excellent start to the season," Quenneville said. "We got to see him play a number of games down there. His consistency, his positioning, effectiveness of how he defended his gap, very efficient in his own end. I thought offensively he complemented the team game with first-pass crispness. I just think overall he really evolved over the last year."

The Hawks also recalled forwards Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith, defensemen Adam Clendening, Shawn Lalonde and Steve Montador, and goaltender Henrik Karlsson.

Hayes had one goal and two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 25 goals and 20 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.

Morin had one goal in two games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 30 goals and 28 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.

Pirri led the AHL with 75 points, which included 22 goals and 53 assists, in 76 games this season. He had 12 points in the final four games. He has played in six career NHL games with the Blackhawks.

Smith had 27 goals and 20 assists in 54 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 19 regular-season games and seven playoff games for the Blackhawks in his career.

Clendening ranked second among AHL defensemen with 46 points, which included nine goals and 37 assists, in 73 games for the IceHogs this season. He also had a plus-17 rating. He has not played in the NHL.

Lalonde had five goals and 18 assists in 59 games for the IceHogs. He has not played in the NHL.

Montador had two goals and three assists in 14 games for the Blackhawks. He missed a majority of the season with an upper-body injury. He has 131 points in 571 career NHL games.

Karlsson had an 11-5-0 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage in 18 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 26 career NHL games.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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