With the Blackhawk Prospect Camp over, here is my review of the top five unsigned and undrafted prospects, as always in my own opinion. Cab Morris, the 17 year-old goalie from Wilmette, wowed everyone. Among the goalies and the prospects in general, he was the youngest and could have easily been pushed around. No dice. This guy, who still has a way to fill out, shoved people out of the way, defended the goal well. He has an unusual stance for a goalie.
John Morea of Brooklyn, NY showed spunk on the ice in one of the few fights on the ice. He scored a Gordie Howe hat trick the day of his fight, I think it was Thursday. He gets the puck, handles it well, scores, fights. What more do you want?
Mike Sislo was always coming up with the puck. He got in there and scrambled for the puck. Nice.
David Phillips is an English native who plays in Ireland. He demonstrated the game has advanced in the home of empire. He was in the corners, fighting for the puck, when he had the chance he took the puck into the offensive zone. The only shot I saw on goal was wide, but he took his opening. As a blue-liner he did what he was supposed to do.
There were about 25 people in the category of unsigned and undrafted. Please feel free to step and say whoa baby about your opinions.
Of the other about 25 players who are either signed or drafted, local Bill Sweatt looked real good. He had a real good camp. He isn’t going direct to the NHL, probably Rockford, but a nice show.
Kyle Beach and Akim Aliu will probably be sent to Rockford also, at least initially. I suspect the team wants to see if they can play nice together. Aliu suffered a slight injury, apparently to his hand, during the camp. I noticed he didn’t get into the corners and battle for the puck. Both guys were obviously big and talented guys on the ice.
Three other vets from Rockford are probably destined to return there. I’m thinking Joe Fallon in goal, Brian Connelly and Joe Charlebois on the blue line.
A friend of the column was hospitalized over the course of the camp. Broadcaster and public relations manager of the Rockford IceHogs, Mike Peck, suffered an undefined heart problem while interviewing a prospect at the United Center. The IceHogs trainer was right there, which probably saved Mike’s life. He was rushed to Cook County Hospital Coronary Intensive Care where he was reported by his wife to be awake.