Josiah Slavin Off to Red-Hot Start in Rockford

ROCKFORD, IL – One of the newest Blackhawks signings has wasted no time making an impact at the next level.

Take a look at some of the top prospect performers across the organization over the last two weeks of action:

1. Josiah Slavin

The college-to-pro jump is going well for the Colorado College product. After notching a goal in his first pro game on March 28, Slavin has kept it rolling with two goals and two assists in his three tilts since while finding the scoresheet in all four pro games.

He scored the game-tying goal in the second period of an eventual 4-2 loss to Chicago on April 3, registered two assists in a 4-3 win over Chicago three nights later and, most recently, picked up the lone tally while shorthanded in a 4-1 loss to Iowa on Tuesday night. Of his three pro tallies in total, one has come at even strength, one on the power play and one while down a man.

Jets sign Simon Lundmark to a three-year, entry-level contract

WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with their 2019 second round pick (51stoverall) Simon Lundmark on a three-year, entry-level contract with an average annual value of $925,000.

Lundmark, a 20-year-old defenceman, has spent the past four seasons with Linkopings in the Swedish Elite League and set personal bests with two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 47 games this season. The Stockholm, Sweden native has recorded 16 points (2G, 14A) in 118 games during his SHL career and he has represented Sweden in numerous tournaments, including winning the gold medal at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

 

Riley Damiani started his AHL career with a bang, and the Dallas Stars have taken notice

AUSTIN, TX – When he was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month on Thursday, Stars prospect Riley Damiani was busy shooting an 80 on the golf course.

Some guys just have it.

Damiani, the Stars’ fifth-round pick in 2018, has started his AHL career with a bang, entering the weekend tied for second in the league in both points (23) and assists (17). The 21-year-old has cracked the scoresheet in 13 of the 17 games he’s played and had his five-game multi-point streak snapped on Wednesday night.

Mackey settling into marquee role for Flames’ farm club

CALGARY, AB – This was not ‘just another game.’

Maybe it’s easier to admit that when you’re not on the ice.

In this case, Calgary Flames defence prospect Connor Mackey — the rookie pro has three NHL appearances on his resume and is currently logging major minutes with the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat — had just finished a day’s work and was nervously tracking his alma mater as the Minnesota State (Mankato) Mavericks quested to make school history and ultimately advance through the regional round to the NCAA’s Frozen Four.

Mackey was a workhorse for the Mavericks for three seasons before signing with the Flames last spring.

Riley Damiani Named AHL Rookie of the Month

Austin, TX-  The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced that rookie center Riley Damiani has been named the CCM / AHL Rookie of the Month after recording four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 10 games in March. Damiani’s run to the award included a stretch of five consecutive multi-point games from Mar. 13 to Mar. 30.

Damiani helped the Stars to a sweep of their three-game visit to Tucson to begin the month, notching an assist each on Mar. 3 and Mar. 5 before netting the game-winning goal and another assist on Mar. 6. He recorded his first pro hat trick on Mar. 13, scoring all three Texas goals against Colorado, then registered four straight outings with two assists apiece to move one point off the league lead in scoring.

Bakersfield Condors Sign Tulio to ATO

BAKERSFIELD, CA – The Bakersfield Condors have signed RW Tyler Tullio to an ATO (amateur tryout). The 18-year old was drafted in the 5th round (#126 overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft by Edmonton.

With the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) not playing currently, Tullio went to Slovakia this winter and had 13 points (4g-9a) in 19 games with HK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas.

Jets prospect Cole Perfetti soaking in on-the-job training in AHL

WINNIPEG, MB – The significance of the moment was not lost on Cole Perfetti, even if he didn’t grasp the enormity to its full extent in the immediate aftermath.

To the untrained eye, it looks like a simple inter-change during a four-on-three power play, yet the subtleties located just below the surface is what makes the sequence involving Perfetti and fellow Winnipeg Jets prospect Ville Heinola so special.

Perfetti rolls off the right-wing boards to the point on the power play, while Heinola quickly accelerates to push the penalty killer back ever so slightly.

Mackey Family “Proud” of Son Connor and his NHL debut with Flames

CALGARY, AB – It certainly made for a late night in the American Midwest, but Dave Mackey wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

His boy, Connor – at 24 years old, and a free-agent signing of the Flames last March – was finally getting a look in The Show.

“We’re all a bit tired today,” Dave laughed Sunday from the Mackey family home in Tower Lakes, Ill. “In the moment, you don’t really appreciate all the emotions, the nervousness and the excitement you feel watching the game when he’s in there.

“Here, it was my wife and I, and Connor’s twin brother, Ian, watching Hockey Night in Canada.

“But Vancouver – where I’m from – was kind of a second home for Connor growing up. For him to be able to play his first game in that city, in that rink, was awesome.