Last weekend, Mikey Anderson was recalled by the Los Angeles Kings to make his NHL debut. His appearance on Saturday made him the tenth former Black Hawk to skate in an NHL regular season game during 2019/20. It’s the second time that ten or more former players have had that opportunity in the same season.
Here is a summary of what Black Hawks alumni have done at hockey’s highest level in recent weeks.
Joe Pavelski – Dallas Stars
(Waterloo: 2002/03 – 03/04)
Earlier this year, Pavelski made his 1,000th regular season NHL appearance. Now up to 1,027, just 291 players in the history of the game have taken the ice more often, and only 42 of them have been Americans. The 35-year-old has 14 goals and 16 assists this season. Eleven of his 30 points were recorded during February; if Pavelski can equal that figure in March, he’ll cross the 800 career point threshold (currently, he has 791 points: 369 goals and 422 assists).
Craig Smith – Nashville Predators
(Waterloo: 2006/07 – 08/09)
With just 16 contests remaining, Smith has been on the ice for all 66 Nashville games so far. If he finishes the schedule without a miss, it would be the third time in his career that he has skated in a full 82 game slate (the most recent instance was in 2015/16). His 18 goals tie with Nick Bonino and Filip Forsberg for the most among his Predators teammates. On February 13th, Smith recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career when Nashville hosted the New York Islanders.
Vinnie Hinostroza – Arizona Coyotes
(Waterloo: 2010/11 – 12/13)
A goal or an assist for Hinostroza will push him to 100 points during his NHL career. Sixty of them have come during his nearly two seasons with Arizona. Hinostroza will likely play in more games this year than in any of his previous NHL seasons. He has been in the lineup for 65 of 67 Coyotes’ contests after making 72 appearances last season. All but two of his 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) this year have been scored in even strength situations.
Zach Sanford – St. Louis Blues
Sanford has already more than doubled his career goal and point totals this year, with 15 and 29 respectively. February yielded some of the most notable performances from his time at the NHL level. The 25-year-old had three multigoal games, including a four-goal night against the Vegas Golden Knights on February 13th. Sanford also has a +15 plus/minus differential, which ranks second among Blues players and leads the team’s forwards.
Brandon Montour – Buffalo Sabres
(Waterloo: 2013/14 – 14/15)
Buffalo opponents have outscored the Sabres 208-189. Nevertheless, Montour is +16 which gives him a comfortable margin ahead of all his teammates. After missing much of the early season due to injury, Buffalo has leaned on him for a lot of ice time. Montour’s 19:22 per game ranks second among Sabres’ defensemen. He is also third in scoring among the club’s blue liners with 18 points (five goals, 13 assists).
Brock Boeser – Vancouver Canucks
Boeser has not played since February 8th due to an upper body injury. The specifics of his return to the lineup remain uncertain. Before getting hurt, Boeser had 16 goals and 29 assists this season.
Cal Petersen – Los Angeles Kings
(Waterloo: 2011/12 – 2013/14)
A trade created a void in the Kings crease during early February, and Petersen has been with Los Angeles ever since. His most recent appearance was arguably his finest of the year to date. On March 1st, he stopped 42 shots and was named the game’s #1 star during a 4-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights. That victory pushed his record to 3-3-0 this season. If he plays in five more games and earns two more wins, he will equal his figures from last year, when he was called up due to injuries
Patrick Russell – Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton has a reasonably comfortable hold on a playoff position in the Pacific Division. That could mean that Russell will have the chance to skate in his first NHL playoff game later this spring. He’s had a relatively steady roll with the Oilers in 2019/20, playing in 45 of 67 games. Russell tallied his fifth assist of the season on February 23rd. Also, with 51 career games to his credit, only nine players from Denmark have played in more NHL contests.
Mark Friedman – Philadelphia Flyers
(Waterloo: 2012/13 – 13/14)
Friedman was called up for one game during February. After a sting of appearances in the prior month , he has been part of six Flyers games this season with one assist.
Mikey Anderson – Los Angeles Kings
(Waterloo: 2015/16 – 2016/17)
February 29th doesn’t come around too often, but it will always be a special day for Anderson. He was on the ice for nearly 19 minutes during his NHL debut, helping the Kings to a 2-1 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils. The opposing roster that afternoon included his brother and former Minnesota-Duluth teammate, Joey Anderson. The next night, Mikey played another 18 minutes during a win against the Vegas Golden Knights.
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