Chicago Blackhawks: Brian Connelly
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.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba --Jonathan Toews scored a goal in front of his friends and family, and although the Hawks lost Wednesday's contest to the Lightning 4-2, they got a good look at some of their future. And they liked what they saw.
“The two kids kind of jumped out at us,” Joel Quenneville said of Nick Leddy and Jeremy Morin. “It was nice to see them play so well in their first chance to play in the NHL.”
Morin and another highly touted prospect, Igor Makarov, assisted on Toews goal on what Quenneville called a “great play.”
“He’s got a lot of skill,” Toews said of Morin. “He’s showing it. He’s one of those guys that -- kind of like [Patrick Kane] -- you notice him right away. I think that’s what makes him special.”
That’s high praise but he’s not wrong. Once Morin gets the puck, something is going to happen. He stood his ground, as well, after taking a swipe at a puck near the Lightning goaltender which caused a scrum behind the net.
“You have to just come and play your game and just go out there and do your thing,” Morin said.
Quenenville liked how Marty Turco played but knows there will be an adjustment period.
“I think our defensemen will have to get accustomed to him handling the puck so well,” Quenneville explained. “We have to figure out good places for them to go on the ice to enhance his puck possession or movement but I thought he was solid and can alleviate some of the forechecking pressure.”
But in the end this one was about youth.
“Nick Leddy had a really good game on the back end,” Quenneville said. "Morin has a bright future.”Slap Shots
Jonathan Toews put the first preseason game in perspective.
“You’re not going to go crazy about some of the mistakes we made,” he said. “It was the first game for everyone, for some guys it was their first pro game. Everyone is a little rusty.”
Brian Connelly, a defenseman signed by the Hawks in 2009 was paired with Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith. It was Connelly’s second NHL game.
“It was pretty nice being with a defenseman like [Keith],” Connelly said. “I kind of model my game after him. He’s a good guy to have out there. Always talking to me. I can only get better working with a guy like that.”
Quenneville, and most players, liked the atmosphere in Winnipeg and it made for a lively game, including two fights.
“For a preseason game it was a very intense game,” Quenneville said.
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