Chicago Blackhawks Farm Report: Lockout Alters Landscape in Rockford’s Camp

September 25th, 2012 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford is going to be a mite crowded for a while. Jobs are going to have to be earned with a lot of NHL-caliber talent on hand.

The IceHogs' training camp is set to commence September 30. Most seasons, that would mean a host of hopefuls taking the ice and hoping to get noticed.

The scene at camp is definitely going to be a different one. A lot of players who figured into Rockford in the 2011-12 season may be headed for Toledo and the ECHL until the NHL resumes operations.

Competition should be fierce all around the roster. Rockford head coach Ted Dent will have some decisions to make. Here's how it could play out for the IceHogs as they start their season.



There are 21 forwards scheduled to open camp with the IceHogs, including four players who spent substantial time with the 'Hawks last season.

Marcus Kruger, Jimmy Hayes, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Bollig figure to be locks if the lockout continues. The same goes for Brandon Saad and three other players who saw time in Chicago last season—Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith.

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