Far and wide, whether the AHL or the NCAA, it was a good night for Chicago Blackhawks prospects. The Rockford IceHogs opened its season with a 7-2 pasting of the San Jose Barracuda. Where to even start? How about with Drew Commesso, who was calm and cool in the preseason and continued that trend with the IceHogs to pick up his first professional win.
Ladies and gentleman, Drew Commesso‼️
📌First professional win pic.twitter.com/Yi1qkTJz5m
— Rockford IceHogs (@goicehogs) October 14, 2023
It’s quite the response for an IceHogs squad with sky high expectations from players who could one day be in Chicago. Rockford plays again tonight to finish off a two-game series with San Jose.
2023 second round pick Adam Gajan wasn’t about to be outdone, either. He stopped 50 of 51 shots to pace his Green Bay Gamblers in a 5-1 win over Des Moines. It’s Gajan’s third win of the season already and adds to his sparkling .929 save percentage.
Moore, Nazar Continue To Snag Points
Oh and don’t forget about Sam Rinzel either.
Moore had three assists in Minnesota’s thrilling 6-5 victory Friday night. Rinzel had two helpers of his own, boosting the Golden Gophers to victory in their season opener.
The Michigan Wolverines got an assist from Nazar in their 7-2 beating of UMass. All three of the Blackhawks prospects.
It’ll be must watch Big 10 hockey in November when they clash in Ann Arbor.
Best of the Rest Blackhawks Prospects
Gavin Hayes potted his first goal of the season in the Flint Firebirds‘ 6-4 win over the Sarnia Sting. Though it was an empty netter, it puts the 20-year-old on the scoresheet and on his way what is hopefully another season of 40+ goals.
Fellow Blackhawks prospect and OHL brethren Nick Lardis has four goals in five game for the Brantford Bulldogs, who fell to Peterborough last night. Lardis has cooled off after burying those four goals in his first three, which included a pair against Oshawa last Saturday.
Never mind that. Hockey is a game of streaks and the good go with the bad.
But one thing is for sure–the Blackhawks prospects are having themselves a start to their respective seasons.