Monday, May 30, 2011

IceHogs Year in Review: Shawn Lalonde

                       Position: Defenseman          Shoots: Right
                       Height: 6'1"                       Birthday: March 10, 1990
                       Weight: 195                      Hometown: Orleans, Ontario

2010-11 Stats
GP   G   A   PTS   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   SOG   S%
73    5   27   32     -16     76      0        0     142    3.5

In his first full pro season, Shawn Lalonde was solid for the IceHogs on the blue line. He was used a lot as a quarterback on the power play and he did a pretty good job. Some of the shots he took were either headhunters or went wide, but his aim will only get better with age and experience.

One of the best aspects of his game is his skating. He's an outstanding skater and it was evident even at the Blackhawks' Prospect and Training camps.

The Hawks' 68th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft is more of a finesse, puck moving defenseman, but he can throw the body around on occasion. He also wasn't afraid to drop the gloves, which he did a couple of times. He's not the best fighter, but that's because it's definitely not a huge part of his game.
The Hawks recalled the former Belleville Bull from the Hogs to be part of the Black Aces for the playoffs for the second straight year on April 14th.

Lalonde is still, at the very least, a year away from being a regular on the Hawks' blue line, even though he was one of the last few cuts on the 2010-11 Chicago roster. There's no need to rush him, considering the defensive core group of guys that the Hawks have, and developing some more in Rockford won't hurt in the least bit.

Lalonde lining up for a draw in a game against the Peoria Rivermen on November 9th.

Lalonde tossing the Hogs fans a tee-shirt after being named 3rd Star of the game on Nov. 9th.

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