By Chris Block
Just a couple quick notes ahead of the weekend.
Rockford IceHogs (21-12-3-1) will reach the halfway point of their season tonight when they host the Milwaukee Admirals inside the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford. The ‘Hogs are 7 points up on Milwaukee in the standings, though the Admirals do hold three games in hand on Rockford. Ted Dent’s team leads its division (3rd in the conference) currently and remain 6 points up on both Grand Rapids and the Chicago Wolves, though each of those groups have multiple games in hand on the Hogs too.
Tonight is the back-end of a home and home set. Rockford lost 4-2 in Milwaukee last night. Phillip Danault and T.J. Brennan were the IceHogs’ goal scorers. Scott Darling was pulled in the second period after allowing the 4th goal against 29 shots, but the defense in front of him on a couple of those goals offered little assistance.
Stephen Johns (concussion) continues to be sidelined since being injured on a Stephane Veilleux hit on November 26th in Rockford. That was the same night Curt Gogol broke Alex Broadhurst’s arm when Gogol took a run at Broadhurst low in the IceHogs’ end.
The break to Broadhurst’s arm was to the humerus bone just above the elbow according to a source close to the player. He’s on schedule to return in March.
Johns’ status is more up in the air. Officially the team is, as it has since the injury occurred, listing Johns as “day-to-day.” As of the weekend Johns had not been skating and his condition wasn’t progressing much, if at all. In the week or so after the injury, Johns was back making public appearances for the team and it was thought he’d be back on the ice and in game action by now, but obviously this type of injury and recovery is difficult to project.
It would stand to reason whenever Johns does resume skating he’d still be at least a couple weeks away from a return to the IceHogs’ lineup.
ICEHOGS MID-TERM REPORT
The past few days I’ve begun going through my notes from all the Rockford games I’ve seen this season, which is all but a handful. There are a couple noteworthy games I know I still have to go back and watch this weekend. So, if anyone should be willing to bring coffee by, that’d be great.
On Monday, I’ll be posting the IceHogs Mid-Season Report, player evaluations, etc. [This will now go up Tuesday, January 13th]
We’ll have a bio on every player as well as the coach. How this weekend winds up going as there’s a ton going on and will determine whether
Monday’s Tuesday’s post is 3,000 or 10,000 words. I think I’m half joking.
2015 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PROSPECT RANKINGS
Next Friday, January 16th, I’ll be releasing this site’s 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Rankings in that night’s (vs. Jets) edition of The Committed Indian, which you can purchase outside the United Center or online at TheCommittedIndian.com.
If you’re cheap and/or can wait a few days, the entire rankings and further bios will appear on TheThirdManIn.com on Monday January 19th.
My original goal was to have these out already but I’m still waiting to hear back from one person’s input that will be key to rounding out the rankings on some of the amateur prospects I don’t get to see as often. And if there’s anyone reading this who I haven’t contacted who would like to throw their two cents in, state a case for a player or anonymously [wink] help out, that would all be taken into account and appreciated as well. My email is below.
The Jeremy Morin article many of you asked about from after his trade that appeared in the Indian is up here. [PDF link]
One last note. We had some miscommunication this week in regards to getting the Hawks’ recaps done. It was all on my end. I’m pretty good at that. Anyway we should return to schedule moving forward.