Updated: February 5, 2012 8:18AM
If there was one prospect who caught the attention of the Blackhawks’ brass this summer in prospects or training camp, it was edgy forward Andrew Shaw.
He hit, he fought and he scored.
On Tuesday, Shaw, 20, signed his three-year, entry-level deal with the Hawks making him eligible to be recalled from Rockford. Shaw, the 139th overall pick in 2011, was already with the IceHogs after signing a one-year American Hockey League contract in August. He has 12 goals and 21 points in 33 games with Rockford.
“We’ve liked him since he came to the organization,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s one of those guys who finds ways to get it done.”
Quenneville said the signing had little to do with the uncertain status of Daniel Carcillo, whom Shaw plays like.
“It’s been in the works for a while,” Quenneville said.
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert escaped serious injury on Carcillo’s hit, even though his right knee was bent awkwardly when he crashed into the boards. It wasn’t the first time Gilbert was slammed hard into the boards by Carcillo. It happened when Carcillo was with the Phoenix Coyotes.
“I knew who it was coming after me, I just have to be a little more aware of what kind of player is coming at you,” Gilbert told Edmonton reporters in Buffalo. “He’s had hits like that before, so I think I probably should have taken a little better angle.”
He said it
Rookie forward Jimmy Hayes, on scoring his first NHL goal: “It was a huge thrill. It’s been a dream since I was kid and my whole life. It was a lot of fun.”