Monday, January 13, 2014
Prospect watch: Whitney has surgery
By Scott Powers
Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:
Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QJMHL), drafted seventh round in 2012: The 19-year-old Whitney suffered four fractures near his larynx and underwent successful surgery last week after taking a puck to his throat during a practice, according to a Tigres’ news release. He was coming off shutouts in two of his previous three games. He’s 12-22-0 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season.
Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted first round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, has been one of the Blackhawks’ hottest prospects this season. He’s currently on an eight-game points streak dating back to Nov. 29. He has seven goals and 10 assists during that span. He had a goal and an assist in Boston College’s 3-3 tie with Brown on Saturday and a goal and two assists in its 5-2 win over Providence on Friday. He’s third in the country with 35 points.
Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen continued his hot roll in his first game back with Jokerit after dominating the World Junior Championship. He had three assists in Jokerit’s 4-3 win over Espoo Blues on Friday.
Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin has nine goals for the AHL's Rockford this season.
Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin had no problem getting off shots in recent weeks, but the goals just weren’t coming for him. He altered that trend this past week. He scored a goal in each of the IceHogs’ last two games and also had two assists in the IceHogs’ 4-3 win over the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday. He has nine goals, 20 points and 100 shots on goal in 24 AHL games this season.
Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted sixth round in 2012: The 19-year-old Hinostroza, a freshman, returned from the World Junior Championship in fine form. He scored a goal in each of Notre Dame’s two wins over Alabama Huntsville over weekend. He has five goals and 11 assists in 15 games this season. He had three goals and two assists in five games for the United States in the World Junior Championship.
Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted seventh round in 2012: The 19-year-old Tomkins, a freshman, showed no signs of missing nearly two months with an injury when he returned to net for Ohio State this weekend. After not playing since Nov. 9, Tomkins had 33 saves in a 5-3 win over Michigan State on Friday and 26 saves against the Spartans in a 1-1 tie on Saturday. He’s 6-3-1 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .915 save percentage this season.
Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted first round in 2013: The 19-year-old Hartman has an assist and plus-one rating in two games since returning from the World Junior Championship. He had two goals, two assists and a plus-two rating in five games for the United States during the tournament.
Robin Norell, defenseman, Djurgardens IF (Sweden), drafted fourth round in 2013: The 18-year-old Norell helped Sweden to the silver medal in the World Junior Championship. He had one goal and a plus-three rating in seven games during the tournament.
Jason LaBarbera, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade from Oilers in 2013: The 33-year-old LaBarbera has been pretty consistent since returning to the IceHogs. He’s had a save of percentage of .917 or higher in three of his four starts in January. He’s stopped 128-of-138 shots for a .928 save percentage and has a 2.46 goals-against average in the month.
Dillon Fournier, defenseman, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL), drafted second round in 2012: The 19-year-old Fournier hasn’t played since Dec. 29 due to an upper-body injury. He has 13 goals, 19 assists and a plus-10 rating in 36 games this season.
Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted second round in 2011: The 21-year-old Clendening continues to accumulate points. He’s had points in five of six games in January and has eight points for the month. He leads the IceHogs with 26 assists and 31 points. He also has a plus-one rating in 40 games.
Travis Brown, defenseman, Victoria Royals (WHL), drafted fifth round in 2012: The 19-year-old Brown was traded from the Moose Jaw Warriors to the Victoria Royals on Jan. 6. He has one assist and a plus-one rating in two games since joining the Royals. He has nine goals, 30 assists and a minus-31 rating in 45 games this season.
Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (NCAA), drafted second round in 2010: The 21-year-old Holl, a senior, had a team-high two blocked shots in the Golden Gophers’ 3-2 win over Penn State on Sunday. He has six assists, a plus-nine rating and is second on the team with 24 blocked shots in 17 games this season. Minnesota is 14-2-3 and is ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll.
Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), signed as a free agent in 2013: The 24-year-old LeBlanc suffered a 12-game points slump from Dec. 5-Jan. 4, but has gotten his game going again in recent weeks. He has recorded a point in three of the last four games and has two goals and an assist during that span. He has six goals, eight assists and a minus-five rating in 40 games this season.