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Blackhawks Sign 7th Round Pick Mac Carruth

Posted: May 25, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Chicago Blackhawks

Per RDS, the Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Mac Carruth to a 2 year entry level contract, worth $525K deal.

A 2010 7th round pick, Carruth has shown impressive quickness and strong positioning, effectively being able to shuffle himself back and forth across the crease.

Carruth is ranked about 7th on the Hawks depth chart, behind Crawford, Emery, Hutton, Salak, Richards and Simpson.


Blackhawks Extend Emery For 1 Year

Posted: April 7, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Chicago Blackhawks

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One of the top soon to be UFA’s this summer is now off the market.


The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they had given goaltender Ray Emery a one year extension, worth $1.15 mil.

Emery, 29, has compiled a 15-9-4 record and 2.81 goals-against-average in 34 appearances for the Blackhawks this year, his first season in Chicago. He has posted a 10-0-3 record and 2.15 GAA in 16 appearances at the United Center. The Cayuga, Ontario, native has also posted 20 wins in 36 career appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which includes backstopping the Senators to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final. (more…)

Sebastien Caron from the Iserlohn Roosters in the DEL will be returning to the NHL. This time….with Tampa.

Not much is known yet, but the Iserlohn Roosters website says that Caron will be heading to the Lightning, as his team has been eliminated from the DEL playoffs. An official announcement is expected on Monday.

Caron was a fourth-round pick in 1999 and is a butterfly goaltender best known for his great save from Brian Savage against the Philadelphia Flyers. This save came early in the 2005–2006 season with his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The puck went off the left goal post. Savage then tried to tip the puck in the goal but Caron quickly scooped the puck up with his glove almost on the goal line. Caron was also known for allowing a 170 foot shot byWashington Capitals defenseman Ivan Majesky. He started the season as backup to Jocelyn Thibault and ended it as back-up to Marc-Andre Fleury. (more…)


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Today, the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL listed former Blackhawks prospect Mike Brodeur on their roster on the team’s official website.

Brodeur had a breakout AHL campaign with the Rochester Americans in 2008-09, when he posted an 18-13-4 record with a 2.45 goals against average and .921 save percentage, all career bests.

Brodeur signed a one-year contact with the NHL Ottawa Senators during the summer of 2009, but at training camp, Brodeur was returned to the AHL, assigned to the Binghamton Senators. Brodeur was recalled to Ottawa on November 24, 2009, after an injury to Senators’ starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire. He made his NHL debut on December 19, 2009, against the Minnesota Wild, stopping 22 shots and backstopping Ottawa to a 4-1 win. He was returned to Binghamton afterwards. On January 14, 2010, Brodeur was called up from Binghamton only hours before the opening faceoff for the Ottawa Senators. Brodeur made 32 stops for a 2-0 shutout of the New York Rangers in only his second ever NHL game. He then went 3-0-0 in his NHL career with a 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on January 16, 2010. (more…)

Chicago Blackhawks Depth Chart

Posted: February 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Chicago Blackhawks, Depth Charts

  1. Corey Crawford
  2. Ray Emery
  3. Alexander Salak
  4. Alec Richards
  5. Cristobal Huet
  6. Johan Mattsson
  7. Mac Carruth
  8. Kent Simpson

Alexander Salak

Posted: February 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Chicago Blackhawks

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The Good: Salak has an unorthodox style. He has a highly aggressive nature in net which often forces him to make the theatrical save with the extraordinary quickness and athleticism to do so. His technique and butterfly is good, he is athletic and have good movement. He can sometimes make plenty of gamesavers and keep his team in a game. He has good size for the goaltending position, and reacts well to pressure situations. He can play a heavy workload, but isn’t getting the chance with Rockford in the AHL right now. He does have upside and could eventually become a reliable netminder.

The Bad: Salak is getting outplayed by Carter Hutton with the Icehogs.  He needs to adjust to North American shooters’ tendencies, as well as fight through heavy traffic in front of him to see the puck. (more…)

Corey Crawford

Posted: January 12, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Chicago Blackhawks

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The Good:  At 6-foot-2 and close to 200 pounds, he’s light on his skates (skinny guy) and can snap back onto his skates when he’s down in the butterfly, allowing him to have great recovery. Another one of Crawford’s strengths is his active hands (ladies be careful if you dance with him at The Roxy). His glove is held slightly in front of his hip, but doesn’t get caught floating too far out. He’s able to eliminate time, space and the aerial angle despite heavy traffic. His active glove hand also gives him a chance to react to deflected or tipped shots while shorthanded or screened. Crawford also does a terrific job of keeping his back straight and staying upright when in the butterfly. He has a fairly narrowed stance and appears lanky in the net, which helps his shoulders reach close to the crossbar when down on his knees. This allows him to be prepared to make rebound stops on second and third chances in a balanced and square manner. (more…)