Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Mashinter

Mashinter could take over Bollig's role

June, 30, 2014
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The Chicago Blackhawks trade of Brandon Bollig doesn’t mean they have abandoned possessing an enforcer-type player in their lineup.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has never hid the fact he likes having a player on the ice, at least in the regular season, who will stick up for teammates and isn’t afraid to drop his gloves. The game has steered away from that specific kind of player more and more in recent years, and Quenneville has acknowledged that. Instead, what Quenneville has tried to do is have a player who is willing to be that physical presence, but also be dependable enough to play a defensive fourth-line winger role.

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Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesBrandon Mashinter has played for the Rangers and Sharks, and could help the Hawks next season.
Quenneville lost that player in Bollig, but the Blackhawks may have his replacement already in the organization. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said this past weekend 6-foot-4, 220-pound Brandon Mashinter had the potential to fill that role next season.

“There’s definitely value in having a player like that that can do some different things,” Bowman said on Saturday. “We were fortunate last year we made a trade that didn’t get a lot of attention. We traded Kyle Beach for Brandon Mashinter. He came into Rockford and played really well for us to the point where we re-signed him during the season to a two-year deal.

“Brandon is going to get a chance to see what he can do. He’s played in the NHL before, not in a big way. As a younger player he got some games in San Jose. We’re certainly going to give him every opportunity to show what he can do.”

The Blackhawks acquired the 25-year-old Mashinter in a trade with the New York Rangers in December of 2013. He has spent a bulk of his time in the AHL over the last five seasons, but appeared in 23 NHL games for the Sharks and Rangers.

Mashinter remained in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs for the rest of the season after the Blackhawks traded for him. He had seven goals, 14 assists and was a minus-8 in 47 games for the IceHogs. The Blackhawks signed him to a two-year extension in March. He has a $562,500 cap hit, according to capgeek.com.

“He came here 30, 35 games into the season, and he fit well,” IceHogs coach Ted Dent said in a recent phone interview. “He played a power forward type of game, up and down the wing, finishing checks, not afraid to go to the net, hard areas. He has a sneaky shot. He played on different lines, was always on one of our top three lines, though. I utilized him on the power play at times, net front. He also provided some toughness and protection for our younger players as well.

“Like most of our players in Rockford, I believe in a lot of them. I believe a lot of them could be in the NHL if given an opportunity. Mash is no different.”

Dent also coached Bollig with the IceHogs and saw some common qualities between the two players.

“I had Bollig for two-plus years in Rockford,” Dent said. “I think they have some similarities. They’re both left shots. I guess some people would say they both need to improve on their foot speed and skating. They both have the ability to finish checks and put pressure on opponents. They’ve both willing to protect teammates and stick up for teammates when they need to. Mash is bigger and has a longer reach.”

Blackhawks director of hockey administration and general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard also gave Mashinter a positive review after the season.

“He’s another big body, more size in Rockford,” Bernard said. “He can not only put pucks in the net, but he adds size and doesn’t take bad penalties. He’s going to continue working on his skating. He has a very good shot. There’s a lot of nice pieces in his game. The reason we signed him is because those are the players everyone is looking for. That Brandon Bollig type of player, everyone is looking for that type of player.”

Blackhawks recall 13 from Rockford

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks recalled 13 players Monday from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

The players included forwards Drew LeBlanc, Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, Brad Mills, Terry Broadhurst, Alex Broadhurst, Brandon Mashinter and Garret Ross; defensemen Adam Clendening, Brian Connelly and Mathieu Brisebois; and goaltender Kent Simpson.

Clendening, 21, led the IceHogs with 59 points this season. He had 12 goals, 47 assists and a plus-5 rating in 74 games. He was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Blackhawks.

Alex Broadhurst, 21, was third on the team with 45 points. He had 16 goals, 29 assists and a minus-1 rating in 75 games. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 draft by the Blackhawks.

Terry Broadhurst, 25, was fourth on the team with 44 points. He had 16 goals, 28 assists and a plus-10 rating in 73 games. He was signed as a free agent on March 19, 2012.

McNeill, 21, had 18 goals, 19 assists and a minus-12 rating in 76 games. He was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft by the Blackhawks.

Connelly, 27, had three goals, five assists and a minus-12 rating in 16 games for the IceHogs. He was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 26.

Mashinter, 25, had 14 goals, 14 assists and a minus-8 rating in 47 games for the IceHogs. He was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Dec. 6, 2013.

Ross, 21, had 15 goals, 19 assists and a plus-12 rating in 74 games. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 draft by the Blackhawks.

Danault, 21, had six goals, 26 assists and a plus-11 rating in 72 games. He was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft by the Blackhawks.

LeBlanc, 24, had seven goals, 15 assists and a minus-4 rating in 76 games. He was signed as a free agent on April 12, 2013.

Mills, 30, had eight goals, six assists and a minus-5 rating in 28 games for the IceHogs. He also had zero points and a minus-1 rating in three games for the Blackhawks this season. He was signed as a free agent on Oct. 25, 2013.

Brisebois, 22, had two goals, five assists and a minus-1 rating in 13 games for the IceHogs. He was acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes on March 4.

Hartman, 19, had three goals, four assists and a minus-1 rating in nine games for the IceHogs. He also played in the OHL this season. He was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Blackhawks.

Blackhawks sign Mashinter to extension

March, 19, 2014
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The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms Wednesday with forward Brandon Mashinter on a two-year contract extension.

The Blackhawks acquired the 25-year-old Mashinter in a trade with the New York Rangers on Dec. 6. He was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Mashinter has played for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL since being traded to the Blackhawks. He has 10 goals and 12 assists in 34 games for the IceHogs this season. Prior to joining the Blackhawks this season, he had zero points in six games for the Rangers and had one goal and seven assists in 11 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.

Mashinter was originally signed by the San Jose Sharks as a free agent in March of 2009. He was traded to the Rangers in January of 2013.

Prospect watch: First-round picks producing

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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Ryan Hartman, F, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted 1st round in 2013: The 19-year-old regained his scoring touch in the Whalers’ last two games with a goal against the Kingston Frontenacs on Jan. 31 and two goals against the Belleville Bulls on Feb. 1. Those were his first goals since Dec. 14. He has 16 goals, 16 assists and a minus-18 rating in 35 games this season.

Kevin Hayes, F, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old senior had his points streak snapped at 12 games in Boston College’s 2-0 win over Providence on Jan. 31. He had a goal in a 3-1 win over Boston University on Monday. He has 20 goals, 26 assists and a plus-25 rating in 27 games this season.

Teuvo Teravainen, F, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: Teravainen, 19, is the hottest player in the system. He recently had two assists in Jokerit’s 4-2 win over SaiPa Lappeenranta, one assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to JYP Jyvaskyla and one assist in a 3-2 overtime win over Ilves Tampere. He has 18 points over the last nine games and leads Jokerit with 35 points in 38 games.

Mark McNeill, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 1st round in 2011: The 20-year-old had a goal and two assists in the IceHogs’ 6-4 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday. He has 13 goals, 12 assists and a minus-eight rating in 49 games this season.

Adam Clendening, D, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 2nd round in 2011: Clendening had two assists and a plus-four rating in the IceHogs’ win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday. the 21-year-old has six goals, 29 assists and a plus-five rating in 48 games this season.

Dillon Fournier, D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL), drafted 2nd round in 2012: The 19-year-old Fournier hasn’t played since Dec. 29 because of an upper-body injury. He has 13 goals, 19 assists and a plus-10 rating in 36 games this season.

Tyler Motte, F, Michigan (NCAA), drafted 4th round in 2013: Motte, a freshman, scored a goal in each of Michigan’s wins over Wisconsin last weekend. the 18-year-old has seven goals, four assists, 68 shots and a plus-nine rating in 22 games this season.

Travis Brown, D, Victoria Royals (WHL), drafted 5th round in 2012: The 19-year-old Brown’s offensive production has slowed down over the last few months. He had nine goals and 24 assists by the end of November. Since then, he’s had one goal and nine assists. He does have an assist in two of his last three games. He has 10 goals, 33 assists and a minus-26 rating in 54 games this season. He’s had one goal, four assists and a plus-six rating since being traded to the Royals last month.

Maxim Shalunov, F, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 4th round in 2011: Shalunov has scored goals in four of his last five games. The 21-year-old has nine goals and one assists in 14 games for the Walleye.

Alex Broadhurst, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 7th round in 2011: The 20-year-old has two goals and three assists over the last four games. He has nine goals, 17 assists and a minus-six rating in 48 games this season.

Brandon Mashinter, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired in trade in 2013: Mashinter, 25, scored three goals in the last two games. He has seven goals and five assists in 20 games since joining the IceHogs.

Robin Press, D, Sodertalje SK (Sweden), drafted 7th round in 2013: The 19-year-old has three goals, five assists and a plus-one rating in 41 games this season.

Kirill Gotovets, D, Cornell (NCAA), acquired in trade in 2013: Gotovets, a 22-year-old senior, has three assists, a plus-five rating and 43 blocked shots in 21 games this season.

Mac Carruth, G, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 7th round in 2010: The 21-year-old Carruth has had a save percentage of .917 or higher in each of his last five games. He’s 7-10-0 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 18 games for the Walleye.

Sam Jardine, D, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2011: The 20-year-old sophomore has nine assists, a plus-five rating and 25 blocked shots in 23 games this season.

Hawks trade Beach for Rangers' Mashinter

December, 6, 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks traded former first-round pick forward Kyle Beach to the New York Rangers on Friday for forward Brandon Mashinter.

Mashinter, 25, has played in six games for the Rangers this season and 23 career NHL games for the Rangers and San Jose Sharks. He had one goal, six assists and a plus-3 rating in 11 games with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack this season. He will report directly to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

Beach, 23, was drafted by the Blackhawks as the No. 11 overall pick in 2008. He was a restricted free agent after last season and was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason. He was loaned to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League in September and returned to play for the IceHogs in October. He scored all four of his AHL goals this season in his past two games. He never appeared in any NHL regular-season or playoff games for the Blackhawks.

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