Sunday, October 20, 2013
I had the opportunity to watch the Rockford Ice Hogs a couple of times over the weekend, so I thought I would share my notes on the prospects of the parent Chicago Blackhawks. Rockford has one of the youngest teams in the AHL but they are well-stocked by a very deep Chicago Blackhawk organization.
Adam Clendening – I came away very impressed with Clendening. He skates well, handles the puck very well, and has the offensive instincts that are you just can’t teach. He seems to be much more comfortable with the speed of the AHL compared to last year and is picking his spots to jump into the rush better as well. Clendening isn’t a big guy but is constantly in the face of his opponents and draws and takes a fair number of penalties. It’s clear that Chicago is grooming Clendening for future power play time in the NHL.
Viktor Svedberg – Svedberg is 6’8, so his size only may give him opportunities that others may not get. The truth is that Svedberg plays much smaller than his size and needs