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Prospect watch: Goalies Carruth, Darling, Tomkins have big week

November, 25, 2014
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Mac Carruth, goaltender, Indy Fuel (ECHL), drafted 7th round in 2010
Carruth, 22, made 23 saves and recorded a shutout in the IceHogs’ 3-0 win over the Chicago Wolves on Sunday. It was his first AHL game of the season. He is 0-2-2 with a 3.69 goals-against average and .872 save percentage with the Indy Fuel in the ECHL this season.

Scott Darling, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), signed as a free agent in 2014
Darling, 25, picked up two wins for the IceHogs over the weekend. He had 22 saves in a 4-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Friday and 38 saves in 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday. He is 7-2-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .932 save percentage this season.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 7th round in 2012
Tomkins, a sophomore, was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week on Tuesday. He had a 1.54 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in Ohio State’s series split with Michigan State last week. He recorded his first career college shutout with 29 saves in a 3-0 win on Friday. He had 17 saves in a 3-1 loss on Thursday. He leads the Big Ten with a 2.11 goals-against average. He is also 3-4-1 with a .917 save percentage.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 1st round in 2013
Hartman, 20, had two goals in the IceHogs’ 4-3 win over the Wild on Friday. He has four goals and four assists in 19 games this season.

Garret Ross, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 5th round in 2012
Ross, 22, scored two goals in the IceHogs’ 3-0 win over the Wolves on Sunday. He has six goals, six assists and is a plus-10 in 19 games this season.

Brandon Mashinter, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired from Rangers in 2013
Mashinter, 26, had a goal and two assists in the IceHogs’ three wins last weekend. He has five points in the last four games and has four goals and seven assists in 16 games this season.

Dennis Rasmussen, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), signed as a free agent in 2014
Rasmussen, 24, had a goal and an assist in the IceHogs’ 3-2 win over the Admirals on Saturday. He has four goals and two assists in 19 games this season.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2012
Calnan, a sophomore, had two goals in a 5-3 win over Massachusetts on Friday and an assist in a 4-1 win over Maine on Saturday. He has five goals and two assists in 11 games this season.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011
Paliotta, a senior, scored a goal in Vermont’s 11-1 win over UMass Amherst on Saturday. He leads Vermont as a plus-9 and is tied for second with 10 points. He has three goals and seven assists in 12 games this season.

Anthony Louis, forward, Miami Ohio (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2013
Louis, a sophomore, had a goal and an assist in Miami’s 5-2 win over Western Michigan on Saturday. He has three goals and 11 assists in 14 games this season.

Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (NCAA), drafted 4th round in 2013
Motte, a sophomore, had a goal in Michigan’s 8-1 win over Penn State on Saturday. He has four goals and two assists in 11 games this season.

John Hayden, forward, Yale (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2013
Hayden, a sophomore, had a goal and an assist for Yale over the weekend. He leads the Bulldogs with eight points. He has two goals and six assists in seven games.

Fredrik Olofsson, forward, Chicago Steel (USHL), drafted 4th round in 2014
Olofsson, 18, had a goal and an assist for the Steel over the weekend. He has eight goals, eight assists and is a plus-4 in 17 games. His 16 points set a new career high for him in the USHL.

Anders Nilsson, goaltender, Kazan Ak Bars (KHL), acquired from Islanders in 2014
Nilsson, 24, stopped 17-of-19 shots in a 3-2 win over Barys on Monday. He’s 10-3-4 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in 18 games this season.

Nick Schmaltz, forward, North Dakota (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2014
Schmaltz, a freshman, continues to be out with a lower-body injury. He has missed the last four games for North Dakota. He has one goal and seven assists in nine games this season.

Prospect watch: Mark McNeill on a tear for IceHogs

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Mark McNeill, forward, Rockford IceHogs (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2011
McNeill, 21, was named the AHL’s Player of the Week on Monday after he scored six goals in three games last week. He tallied his first career professional hat trick in a 3-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday. The victory extended the IceHogs’ winning streak to eight games. He has scored a goal in each of his last four games. He leads the IceHogs with 15 points, which includes nine goals and six assists.

Joakim Nordstrom, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 3rd round in 2010
Nordstrom, 22, scored two goals in the IceHogs’ 5-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Thursday. He has five goals and three assists in 13 games this season.

TJ Brennan, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired from Islanders in 2014
Brennan, 25, is on a five-game points streak. He has one goal and six assists during the streak. He has He has two goals and six assists and is a team-leading plus-10 in 13 games this season.

Matheson Iacopelli, forward, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), drafted 3rd round in 2014
Iacopelli, 20, is tied for the USHL lead with 10 goals this season. He scored twice against Tri-City on Friday. He has 12 points in 14 points on the season.

Dylan Sikura, forward, Northeastern (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2014
Sikura, a freshman, scored his first career college goal in a 3-3 tie with UMass Lowell on Friday. He has one point and eight shots in six games.

Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), signed as a free agent in 2013
LeBlanc, 25, scored his first goal of the season in a 5-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Thursday. He has one point in eight games this season.

Luke Johnson, forward, North Dakota (NCAA), drafted 5th round in 2013
Johnson, a sophomore, had a goal and an assist in North Dakota’s 5-1 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. He is on a five-game points streak and has three goals and three assists in nine games this season.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011
Paliotta, a senior, had two assists in a 4-3 win over Maine on Friday. He has two goals, seven assists and is a plus-7 in eight games this season.

Hawks prospect watch: Oloffson earns USHL honor

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Fredrik Olofsson, forward, Chicago Steel (USHL), drafted 4th round in 2014
Olofsson was named the USHL’s forward of the week on Monday. He scored five goals last weekend. He had a hat trick in a 4-3 win over the Bloomington Thunder on Friday and added two more goals in a 4-3 loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Saturday. He also recently committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is tied with fellow Blackhawks prospect Matheson Iacopelli for a league-leading seven goals and is tied for fifth with nine points.

Matheson Iacopelli, forward, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), drafted 3rd round in 2014
Iacopelli added another goal to his season tally by scoring in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Steel on Saturday. He has seven goals and eight points on the season.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011
Paliotta, a senior, had a goal and an assist and was a plus-2 in Vermont’s 3-0 win over Clarkson on Saturday. He’s tied for third in the nation with seven points. He has two goals and five assists in three games. Vermont is ranked No. 17 by USCHO.com.

Peter Regin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired from the New York Islanders in 2014
Regin showed he’s motivated to get back to the NHL. He had a goal and two assists in a win over the Adirondack Flames on Friday and scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the IceHogs to a 2-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday. He leads the IceHogs with four points, which includes two goals and two assists.

Ivan Nalimov, goaltender, Admiral Vladivostok (KHL), drafted 6th round in 2014
Nalimov had his finest game of the season on Sunday. He made 26 saves in a 1-0 shootout win over HC Sochi. He has a 2-4 record with a 3.10 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in nine games this season.

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Hawks prospect watch: Hartman lights lamp twice in season opener

October, 12, 2014
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Ryan Hartman, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted in first round in 2013
Hartman scored two goals in the IceHogs’ season-opening 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday. He had three shots on goal and finished plus-1. This will be his first full professional season.

Matt Carey, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), signed as a free agent in 2014
Carey had an assist and a team-high four shots on goal in the IceHogs’ loss to the Admirals. He was making his AHL debut.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted third round in 2011
Paliotta began his senior season on a high note. He had a goal and three assists and was plus-3 in Vermont’s 6-2 victory over Northeastern on Saturday.

Matt Iacopelli, forward, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), drafted third round in 2014
Iacopelli is tied for third in the USHL with seven points. He has six goals and one assist in seven games and has scored at least one goal in five games. He scored two goals in the Lumberjacks’ 4-3 loss to Lincoln on Saturday.

Nick Schmaltz, forward, North Dakota (NCAA), drafted first round in 2014
Schmaltz, a freshman, scored his first collegiate goal Friday in his first game. He had North Dakota’s lone tally in a 5-1 loss to Bemidji State.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted third round in 2012
Calnan, a sophomore, scored a goal in Boston College’s first game of the season. Boston College lost 5-2 to UMass Lowell on Friday.

Luc Snuggerud, defenseman, Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA), drafted fifth round in 2014
Snuggerud, a freshman, had a goal and an assist Friday in his first collegiate game, helping Nebraska-Omaha to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota State. He was a minus-1 in a 4-2 loss to Minnesota State on Saturday.

Robin Press, defenseman, Sodertalje (Allsvenskan), drafted seventh round in 2013
Press continues to be one of the top offensive players in his Swedish league, where he’s second with 16 points. He has five goals, 11 assists and is plus-7 in 12 games. He extended his points streak to four games with a point Friday.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted seventh round in 2012
Tomkins, a sophomore, stopped 27 of 29 shots in Ohio State’s 2-1 overtime loss to Providence on Saturday.

Sam Jardine, defenseman, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted sixth round in 2011
Jardine, a junior, had two assists, two blocks and was minus-3 in Ohio State’s 5-4 overtime victory over Providence on Friday. He had three blocks and was plus-1 in Saturday's OT loss.

Who stood out at Hawks prospect camp

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HaydenBrian A Killian/Getty ImagesJohn Hayden, a third-round pick in 2013, impressed Hawks GM Stan Bowman at prospect camp.

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up their annual prospect camp Friday. The camp entailed mostly skill work and practice for players under entry-level contracts, but unsigned prospects had a number of chances to compete throughout.

Here are some of those prospects who stood out during the six-day gathering at Johnny’s IceHouse West:

John Hayden, forward, third-round pick in 2013: Hayden made an impression with his size and offensive ability during the week, including on Chicago general manager Stan Bowman, who mentioned him first after the camp. Hayden is one of the Blackhawks’ bigger forward prospects at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He showed he has more than size, displaying some skating ability and a knack for scoring goals (four over three scrimmages). He’ll be a sophomore at Yale next season.

Nick Schmaltz, forward, first-round pick in 2014: Schmaltz hit the ice as a Blackhawks prospect for the first time since being drafted in June, and he didn’t disappoint. The 18-year-old Wisconsin native has some elite offensive skills. He has quick hands and knows how to create space for himself -- and turned in a handful of highlight plays during the week. If he continues to develop, it’ll be difficult for the Blackhawks to keep him in college for four years. He’s set to be a freshman at North Dakota next season.

Anthony Louis, forward, sixth-round pick in 2013: Louis could be one of those late-round steals for the Blackhawks. His size (5-7, 150 pounds) is always going to be questioned, but he’s a tremendous playmaker. He was on a line with Hayden and Schmaltz throughout the week, and there was magic at times between them. Louis created something out of nothing, and it often led to goals for his linemates during the camp. He’ll be a sophomore at Miami (Ohio) next season.

Nick Mattson, defenseman, sixth-round pick in 2010: Mattson was attending his fifth prospect camp and will likely have one more in his future. The Blackhawks have liked his development since they drafted when he was in the USHL. He caught people’s attention with his ability to maneuver with the puck and see the ice during the week. His defensive game has also improved over the years. He’ll return to North Dakota for his senior season.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, sixth-round pick in 2012: Hinostroza arrived to the camp late because of school obligations, but made up for it by the end of the week. He has taken some steps in his game since last season and put on some muscle. He was stronger with the puck and scored three goals over the final two scrimmages. He had a productive freshman season at Notre Dame, and the Blackhawks like where his game is headed. He’s set to return to the Fighting Irish for his sophomore campaign.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, third-round pick in 2011: Paliotta is another defenseman who has been around the block a few times at the prospect camp and has made some strides. He has quality size at 6-3 and 198 pounds and can skate. He has more of a shutdown defenseman, but he does possess offensive ability. He scored a goal on a big shot from the blue line during the second scrimmage. He’ll be a senior at Vermont next season.

Robin Norell, defenseman, fourth-round pick in 2013: Norell looked further ahead than the organization’s other Swedish defensemen at the camp. He was solid all week. He was able handle the puck and be defensively responsible. He’s still only 19, but he’s coming along. He’s expected to play in Sweden again next season.

Beau Starrett, forward, third-round pick in 2014: Starrett can’t be missed as a 6-5 forward. He’s a long-term project and won’t even begin college until 2015, but he could be worth the wait. He displayed a powerful shot and scored twice during the scrimmages. He’s expected to play in the USHL next season.

Blackhawks draft review: 2011 class

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Brandon Saad Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesBrandon Saad, a second-round draft pick in 2011, has emerged as a key player for the Blackhawks.
Stan Bowman will enter his fifth draft as the Chicago Blackhawks general manager later this week. Leading up to the 2014 NHL draft on Friday, we'll take a look at each of Bowman's first four draft classes, analyze how he's done so far in his tenure and glance ahead to where he may look to improve the Blackhawks in this year's draft.

The series continues Tuesday with the Blackhawks' 2011 draft:

Mark McNeill, forward, first round, No. 18 overall: McNeill had a solid first full professional season this past year. The Blackhawks like his potential as a powerful winger. He could get his first taste of the NHL next season.

Phillip Danault, forward: first round, No. 26 overall: Danault had some ups and downs in his first full professional season. It may take some time, but he could replace someone like Marcus Kruger as a defensive-minded forward down the line.

Adam Clendening, defenseman, second round, No. 36 overall: Clendening is getting closer to the NHL. His offensive game is ready and he's been working on the defensive side. He should make his NHL debut next season.

Brandon Saad, forward, second round, No. 43 overall: Saad headlines this draft class for the Blackhawks. He already has two NHL seasons under his belt and could be a big-time player if he continues to progress as he has. He and Patrick Kane could have a long future together on the same line.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, third round, No. 70 overall: Paliotta finished up his junior season at Vermont this year. He had five goals and 22 assists in 38 games as a junior. The Blackhawks were pleased with his season.

Klas Dahlbeck, defenseman, third round, No. 79 overall: Dahlbeck has come along nicely for the Blackhawks. He improved his offensive game this past season. He didn't appear in any game, but he practiced with the Blackhawks throughout the playoffs. He could also be on the verge of the NHL.

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Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesThe Blackhawks have already committed to 2011 fifth-round pick Andrew Shaw, signing him to an extension this season.
Maxim Shalunov, forward, fourth round, No. 109 overall: Shalunov has shown glimpses of his potential, but he hasn't been able to put it together yet. He was signed to an AHL contract this past season and spent most of the year in the ECHL.

Andrew Shaw, forward, fifth round, No. 139 overall: The Blackhawks hit the jackpot with Shaw in the fifth round. He's given them a consistent third-line center the past two seasons. They signed him to an extension this past season.

Sam Jardine, defenseman, sixth round, No. 169 overall: Jardine completed his sophomore season at Ohio State this year. He had one goal, 12 assists, 35 blocks and a plus-7 rating in 36 games. His season was described as "solid" by Blackhawks assistant general manager Norm Maciver.

Alex Broadhurst, forward, seventh round, No. 199 overall: Broadhurst made a smooth transition to the AHL from juniors this past season. He had 16 goals and 29 assists in 75 games for the Rockford IceHogs. He was even called up to the NHL for one day.

Johan Mattsson, goaltender, seventh round, No. 211 overall: The Blackhawks did not sign Mattsson. He played last season in Sweden.

Draft outlook: This is a class Bowman can really hang his hat on. It has the potential to be one of the Blackhawks' deepest draft classes. Saad and Shaw have already found spots in the NHL. Clendening, Dahlbeck and McNeill should see NHL time next season. If Broadhurst and Danault continue to develop, there is a potential for at least seven NHL players in this class.

Hawks prospect watch: College review

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Here's a final review of the performances of the Chicago Blackhawks' 14 college prospects this season:

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College, senior, drafted 1st round in 2010

Hayes took his game to another level during his senior season. After compiling 67 points through his first three seasons, he put up 65 points, including 27 goals and 38 assists, in 40 games this season. He was second in the country in points and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist. The Blackhawks expected to sign him, but that doesn't seem certain any longer. Hayes' agent said recently no decision had been made on whether to sign.

"He's made strides," Blackhawks assistant general Norm MacIver said in late March. "We're still looking for him to improve as he moves forward. We like his ability with the puck. He sees the ice and makes plays. He has size. One thing he's doing better is protect the puck. He just needs the consistency of being a good player and being a good player year in and year out."

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame, senior, drafted 2nd round in 2010

At 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, Johns' size and strength caught everyone's attention in college. He helped the Irish to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. He had eight goals, 12 assists, 63 blocks and a plus-five rating in 40 games this season. The Blackhawks signed him to a two-year deal after his college season ended. He played with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL until their season ended.

"The thing with Stephen when you watch him play at the college level, it's his size," Maciver said. "He's just so much of a bigger and stronger player at that level. He has a huge advantage in terms of strength. What he needs to continue to work on his focusing on playing with the puck and simplifying his game defensively, learning positioning more. He can get away with certain things at the college level because of his physicality and size."

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Prospect watch: 5 players to Frozen Four

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Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, is one of five Blackhawks prospects to advance to the Frozen Four. He had two goals, two assists, seven shots on goal and a plus-five rating in the Eagles' 6-2 win over Denver in the opening game on Saturday and had a goal, two assists, five shots on goal and a plus-two rating in their 4-3 win over UMass Lowell on Sunday. He has 27 goals, 36 assists and a plus-33 rating in 39 games this season. Boston College plays Union on April 10.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2012: The 19-year-old Calnan, a freshman, had two shots on goals and a zero-rating in the two regional games. He has four goals and eight assists in 36 games this season.

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (NCAA), drafted 2nd round in 2010: The 22-year-old Holl, a senior, had an assist, one shot on goal, one block and a plus-one rating in the Gophers' 7-3 win over Robert Morris on Saturday and an assist, one shot on goal, two blocks and a plus-two rating in a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State on Sunday. He has zero goals, 12 assists, 57 blocks and a plus-10 rating in 37 games this season. Minnesota plays North Dakota on April 10.

Nick Mattson, defenseman, North Dakota, drafted 6th round in 2010: The 22-year-old Mattson, a junior, had two blocks in North Dakota's 5-2 win over the Wisconsin on Friday and two assists and two blocks in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Ferris State on Saturday. He has four goals, 19 assists and a plus-nine rating in 39 games this season. North Dakota plays Minnesota in the semifinals.

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Prospect watch: Eight in NCAA tourney

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Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted second round in 2010: The 21-year-old Johns, a senior, will be one of eight Blackhawks prospects to play in the NCAA tournament. He has eight goals, 12 assists, 61 blocks and a plus-seven rating in 39 games this season. The Irish play St. Cloud State in the tournament on Saturday.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted sixth round in 2012: The 19-year-old Hinostroza, a freshman, has eight goals and 24 assists in 33 games heading into the NCAA tournament. He’s second on Notre Dame with 32 points.

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (NCAA), drafted second round in 2010: The 22-year-old Holl, a senior, has zero goals, 10 assists, 54 blocks and a plus-seven rating in 35 games this season. Minnesota plays Robert Morris in the tournament on Saturday.

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Prospect Watch: Morin's streak halted

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Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin had his points streak snapped at 13 games on Friday. He didn’t record a point in the IceHogs’ 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. He had 11 goals and nine assists during the streak. He got back to his production with an assist on Saturday. He has 22 goals, 23 assists and a plus-nine rating in 46 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted first round in 2013: The 19-year-old Hartman has scored in three of his last four games. He had a goal and an assist in the Whalers’ 3-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Sunday. He has three goals and two assists in four games in March. He has 25 goals, 26 assists and a minus-13 rating in 50 games this season.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted first round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen scored a goal in a 3-2 loss on Wednesday and had an assist in a 4-3 win on Thursday. He has nine goals and 34 assists in 47 games. He is tied for sixth in the Liiga with 43 points.

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Prospect watch: Morin extends streak to 10

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Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin is playing some of the best hockey of his career. He’s on a 10-game points streak, which is tied for fifth longest in the AHL this season. He has nine goals and eight assists during the streak. He had two goals and eight shots on goal in the IceHogs’ 4-1 win over the Iowa Wild on Tuesday. He has 20 goals, 21 assists and a plus-eight rating in 41 games in the AHL this season.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted second round in 2009: The 22-year-old Pirri isn’t too far behind Morin as of late. Pirri is on a seven-game points streak and has had six goals and four assists during that stretch. He has 10 goals, 13 assists and a minus-three rating in 24 games for the IceHogs this season.

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Prospect watch: Hayes' streak reaches 12

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Kevin Hayes, F, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old senior pushed his points streak to 12 games last week. He had two goals in a 3-2 win over Penn State on Saturday and has 13 goals and 14 assists since his streak began on Nov. 29.

Teuvo Teravainen, F, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen continued to pile up points last week. He had three assists in Jokerit’s 7-1 win over TPS Turku on Saturday. He has 14 points in the last six games and leads Jokerit with 31 points in 35 games.

Jeremy Morin, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: Morin, 22, had two goals and seven shots on net in the IceHogs’ 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. He has 11 goals, 13 assists and 133 shots on goal in 30 games this season.

Adam Clendening, D, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 2nd round in 2011: The 21-year-old leads the IceHogs with 33 points. He has six goals, 27 assists and a plus-two rating in 45 games this season. He had a goal in the IceHogs’ win Sunday.

Maxim Shalunov, F, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 4th round in 2011: The 21-year-old Shalunov had the game-winning goal in the Walleye’s 3-2 win over the Evansville IceMen on Wednesday and also had two goals in their 4-2 win over the Greenville Road Warriors on Sunday. He was recently loaned to the Walleye. He has seven goals and one assist in 11 games with Toledo this season.

Mac Carruth, G, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 7th round in 2010: Carruth, 21, made 30 saves on 32 shots in a win over Evansville on Wednesday, 25 saves on 27 shots in a win over Greenville on Sunday and 35 saves on 38 shots in a loss to Reading on Saturday. He is 6-9-0 with a 3.12 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 16 games in Toledo this season.

Alex Broadhurst, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 7th round in 2011: The 20-year-old had a goal and an assist in the IceHogs’ win over Milwaukee on Sunday. He has eight goals and 15 assists in 45 games this season.

Anthony Louis, F, Miami Ohio (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2013: The 18-year-old freshman had one goal and two assists in Miami’s 6-1 win over Colorado College on Saturday. He has five goals and eight assists in 23 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, F, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted 1st round in 2013: Hartman’s production hasn’t been at the same level since he returned from an injury and the World Junior Championship in early January. The 19-year-old had zero goals, three assists and a minus-two rating in eight games this month. He has 13 goals, 16 assists and a minus-18 rating in 33 games this season.

Sam Jardine, D, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2011: The 20-year-old sophomore had two assists, one block and a plus-two rating in Ohio State’s 3-1 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. He has eight assists, 23 blocks and a plus-two rating in 21 games this season.

Vince Hinostroza, F, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2012: Hinostroza, a 19-year-old freshman, had a goal and an assist in the Fighting Irish’s 3-0 win over Northeastern on Saturday. He’s tied for second on the team with 22 points. He has six goals and 16 assists in 19 games.

Michael Paliotta, D, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011: Paliotta, a junior, has seven assists in his last six games. The 20-year-old has three goals, 16 assists and 34 blocks in 25 games this season.

Prospect watch: Teravainen, Hayes rolling

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Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted first round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen is on an absolute tear since he returned from the World Junior Championship earlier this month. He has two goals and nine assists over the past five games. He had a goal and an assist in Jokerit's last game, a 5-1 win over KalPa Kuopio on Tuesday. With the added 11 points, he now leads Jokerit with 28 points in 34 games. That's despite missing 11 games this season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted first round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, continues to light it up. He's on an 11-game points streak dating back to No. 29. He has 11 goals and 14 assists during that span. He had two assists in a 6-4 win over Boston University on Jan. 17, three goals and two assists in a 7-2 win over Maine on Jan. 18, and a goal in a 4-1 win over Merrimack on Tuesday. Boston College improved to 16-4-3 with the three wins and is now ranked second in the USCHO.com poll.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted second round in 2009: The 22-year-old Pirri could return to the IceHogs' lineup this weekend after missing nearly three weeks with a lower-body injury. He hasn't played since Dec. 30. He's officially considered day-to-day.

Joakim Nordstrom, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted third round in 2010: The 21-year-old Nordstrom scored his fifth goal of the month in the IceHogs' 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Monday. He has five goals and five assists in January. He's tied for second on the team with 24 points and leads the team with a plus-nine rating.

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin continues to create chances. He has 38 shots on goal in nine games in January. He had an assist in the IceHogs' loss to the Marlies on Monday. He has three goals and five assists for the month.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted sixth round in 2012: The 19-year-old Hinostroza, a freshman, had three assists in the Fighting Irish's 6-3 win over Lake Superior State on Jan. 17. He's tied with two others for second on the team with 20 points. He has five goals and 15 assists in 20 games.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted third round in 2011: The 20-year-old Paliotta, a junior, tallied three assists in two games against Northeastern last weekend. He had one assist in a 3-2 loss on Jan. 17 and two assists in a 4-1 win on Jan. 18. He has three goals, 14 assists and 31 blocks in 23 games this season.

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted second round in 2010: The 21-year-old Johns, a senior, had an assist and two blocks in each of Notre Dame's wins over Lake Superior State last weekend. He leads the team with 38 blocks. He also has four goals, eight assists and a plus-three rating in 23 games.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted seventh round in 2012: The 19-year-old Tomkins, a freshman, stopped 26-of-27 shots in a 1-0 loss to top-ranked Minnesota on Jan. 17. He's 6-4-1 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.

John Hayden, forward, Yale (NCAA), drafted third round in 2013: The 18-year-old Hayden, a freshman, had four points in two games last weekend. He had an assist in a 3-2 loss to Clarkson on Jan. 17 and two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win over St. Lawrence on Jan. 18. He has three goals and five assists in 17 games this season.

Prospect Watch: Clendening leading IceHogs

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Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening leads the IceHogs and is third among the AHL’s defensemen with 23 points. He has four goals, 19 assists and a plus-three rating on the season. He’s currently on a four-game points streak and has five points during that span.

Dillon Fournier, defenseman, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Fournier has one goal and three assists over his last three games. He has 10 goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating in 32 games this season. He leads the Huskies’ defensemen and seventh in the league among defensemen with 27 points.

Terry Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst has moved into second place on the IceHogs with 19 points. He has points in three of his last four games.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Pirri has accumulated one goal and four assists in five games since being reassigned from the Blackhawks. He’s had two games of two assists.

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Prospect Watch: Two vying for U.S. juniors

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Here is a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing:

Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (NCAA)
Motte, a freshman, was one of two Blackhawks’ prospects to be named to the U.S. National Junior Team 26-play preliminary roster for the World Junior Championship on Wednesday. The roster will be cut to 23 players after an upcoming training camp. Motte has five goals and two assists in 13 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman was also named the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster. Hartman missed three more games last week due to an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since Nov. 9. He has 10 goals and 11 assists in 20 games this season.

Kyle Beach, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Beach, a 2008 first-round pick, had one of his finest games with the organization on Saturday. He scored three goals, including the game-winner, to defeat the Chicago Wolves 4-3 in Rockford. Beach has been a frequent healthy scratch for the IceHogs since returning from Sweden in October. He was even scratched against the Wolves on Friday. The three goals were the first three of his season. He’s played six games this season.

Kent Simpson, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Simpson became the IceHogs’ No. 1 goaltender when Antti Raanta was recalled by the Blackhawks last month. Since Raanta left, Simpson has gone 3-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. Of the 13 goals Simpson has allowed in the last five games, seven were at even strength.

Terry Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst accumulated three points in two games against the Wolves over the weekend. He scored the team’s lone goal on Friday and added two assists on Saturday. He has six goals and 10 assists on the season. He’s tied with his brother, Alex, for second on the team with 16 points.

Dillon Fournier, defenseman, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Fournier had a goal and two assists in Rouyn-Noranda’s 5-3 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday. He has nine goals, 14 assists and a plus-13 rating in 27 games this season.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA)
Paliotta, a senior, has been on a roll the last few weeks. He’s recorded points in the Catamounts’ last four games. He had a goal in Vermont’s 3-2 win over Maine on Friday and an assist in a 5-2 win over Maine on Saturday. He’s had five points in the last four games. He has one goal and five assists on the season.

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Johns, a senior, had a goal in each of the Fighting Irish’s games over the weekend. He scored in Notre Dame’s 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and in their 3-2 loss to Northeastern on Saturday. He has four goals and five assists on the season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA)
Hayes, a senior, scored two goals and had an assist in Boston College’s 5-4 loss to Holy Cross on Friday. He has eight goals and 13 assists on the season and is second on the team with 21 points.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA)
Tomkins, a freshman, hasn’t played for the Buckeyes since suffering a lower-body injury in the first period against Niagara on Nov. 9. He has a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in nine games.

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