Byron Froese, the Blackhawks fourth round (119 overall) selection of the 2009 draft, was traded by the Everett Silvertips (WHL) to the Red Deer Rebels (WHL). He was traded with a third round pick in 2012 for center/right winger Landon Ferraro – a prospect in the Red Wings system. In 70 games with the Silvertips, Froese scored 29 goals with 32 assists in his second season with the club. He was at the Blackhawks’ prospect camp earlier this month, and he looked good out there on the ice – good skater, big body and a hard shot.
Toronto Rookie Tournament
The Blackhawks will send a full squad of prospects to London, Ontario to participate in this season Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament in September. The Senators, Penguins and Maple Leafs, of course, will also field teams. Top prospects Kyle Beach, Shawn Lalonde and Jeremy Morin are already slated to play, but a complete roster is expected to be announced sometime down the road.
Good thing I have a ton of family in the London area, and one of them will have the hono(u)r of hosting me for the weekend of the tournament. If that doesn’t happen, hopefully it will be televised on the NHL Network.