Each week, the Blackhawks Blog takes you around the AHL, ECHL, NCAA and junior hockey ranks to award three Hawks prospects the chicagoblackhawks.com Three Stars of the Week.
1st Star: G Mac Carruth / Portland (WHL)
The Line: 2 Games Played, 4 Goals Allowed, 55 Saves, 2-0-0 Record
With the European leagues on break and fewer games for many of the Blackhawks' prospects, there weren't many standout offensive performances this past week, but on the other side of the ice, goaltender Mac Carruth had another strong week of work for Portland, earning his 14th and 15th wins of the year. Carruth and the Winterhawks yielded just two goals apiece in weekend wins against Seattle and Everett with the 2010 draft pick backstopping each of the victories. Carruth's 1.73 goals-against average on the year ranks second in the WHL, and his .938 save percentage leads the league.
2nd Star: D Joe Gleason / North Dakota (NCAA)
The Line: 2 Games, 1 Goal, 3 Assists, +2 Plus/Minus
Defenseman Joe Gleason's three-point (G, 2A) night was a career-high for the senior, part of North Dakota's 6-1 win on Friday. UND followed up with a 4-1 win on Saturday, with Gleason contributing another assist. The 2008 draft pick more than doubled his offensive output for the season on the weekend, raising his point total from three to seven in two games.
3rd Star: C Martin St. Pierre / Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2 Games, 3 Goals, 1 Assist, +3 Plus/Minus
It was a tough week for the IceHogs, who earned one point in two contests over the weekend, but their captain was very productive, taking part in four of seven Rockford goals. St. Pierre scored the tying goal in the third period on Friday against Milwaukee, allowing the IceHogs to go into overtime and earn their sole point of the week. On Saturday, St. Pierre was a hero once again, scoring two goals and an assist against Hamilton. After Saturday's game, he shaved his head for the charity Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Honorable Mentions: LW Brandon Saad / Rockford (AHL) and LW Terry Broadhurst / Toledo (ECHL)
2011 draft pick Brandon Saad continues to impress in his first full season of pro hockey, netting three points (G, 2A) in two weekend games with the IceHogs, which included a two-assist game on Saturday against Hamilton.
Meanwhile in Toledo, Terry Broadhurst helped the Walleye to a 3-0-0 week, recording two goals and two assists in three games. Broadhurst's plus/minus rating went up by four, to +7 on the year.
Around the system:
> Following a three-day evaluation camp, Blackhawks 2011 draft pick Phillip Danault made the cut for Canada's World Junior Championship team roster. The first-round pick will represent his home country at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, starting on Dec. 26.
> 2012 draft pick Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville/ /QMJHL) responded to getting pulled in a loss to Baie-Comeau, by posting a 35-save shutout against the Sherbrook Phoenix on Saturday.
> AJHL netminder Matt Tomkins surrendered just two goals on 75 shots this weekend, falling 1-0 on Friday and taking a 5-1 win Sunday.