By Brad Gardner
All thirty NHL teams are optimistic at this time of summer, but the one thing we can all be sure of is that everything will not go according to plan. Injuries have their way of piling up, players may not live up to expectations, or teams may find that progress made during the summer in one area has left them with a hole elsewhere in the game plan. One of the Blackhawks organization’s responses to the unpredictable nature of the NHL season has been keeping their AHL affiliate within arms reach, roughly 90 miles west on I-90 in Rockford, Illinois. The Third Man In takes an admittedly early look at some possible mid-season scenarios and introduces the prospects who may be expected to answer the call.
So you need a top six forward…
Safe bet: Jeremy Morin is the easy answer here after a solid nine game trial last season. Coming back from a concussion, though, he’ll get back into the swing of things with the IceHogs to start the season. His best asset may be his goal-scoring ability, but he showed as a rookie that he was willing to play any role to stay in the Chicago line-up. The 20-year-old winger is the organization’s best bet if the power play is in need of new life – his cheetah-quick release would be a dangerous weapon with a set-up guy like Kane feeding him the puck. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Prospects
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Brian Connelly, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Philippe Paradis, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton, Shawn Lalonde
TheThirdManIn~Radio returned last night as did a couple of our more popular guests.
Mike Peck, the play-by-play voice of the Rockford IceHogs joined us for the first half hour to recap the IceHogs’ season. Peck sees the IceHogs more than just about anyone not a coach of the team and discussed the progress of Kyle Beach, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Lalonde, Rob Klinkhammer, Igor Makarov, Brian Connelly and more. We also got his early observations of the Hawks’ next crop of prospects Philippe Paradis, David Gilbert and Jimmy Hayes and which veteran defenseman, in his mind, has the greater odds of returning to Rockford.
Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and HockeyIndependent.com was along for the Peck discussion as well. We then moved on to talk Hawks-Canucks fallout; whether the series proved the Hawks were anything more than what they showed for the previous 82 games and a few players who are very unlikely to return next season. Al and I also went further into explaining why the Hawks top players, like Duncan Keith, cannot be relied on so mightily again next season. We also debate if the Hawks should re-sign Troy Brouwer, who Stan Bowman seems to love and who he didn’t sound too enthused about last week when the name was brought up.
For the final twenty minutes or so, Superstar and go more in-depth into Duncan Keith’s comments and season confessional post-Game 5; why he shouldn’t have said what he did and the misguided comparisons some have drawn.
It’s a John Scott free podcast. A solid 90 minutes. Hope you enjoy. Thanks to everyone as always for listening.
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The show returns next Monday night, May 9th at 8pm central. If we don’t have a special guest we’ll dig into player evaluations and recap losing entirely too much of our money at Arlington Park over the weekend.
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Corey Crawford, Cristobal Huet, David Gilbert, Duncan Keith, Evan Brophey, Garnet Exelby, Jake Dowell, Jassen Cullimore, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Kyle Hagel, Mike Peck, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Philippe Paradis, Rockford IceHogs, Ryan Stanton, Shawn Lalonde, Troy Brouwer