The Rockford IceHogs finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 25-39-9-3, good for 63 points. They finished 8th (last) place in the Central Division and 15th place in the Western Conference.
As a team, the IceHogs did not fare statistically well in the Western Conference. They finished in last place in goals scored with 175 and 17th place (second to last) in goals against with 246.
The individual stats weren’t much better. The only IceHog skater to appear on the AHL leader board was defenseman Eric Gustafsson, whose 185 shots put him in a tie for 18th place in that category. No other IceHog skater finished in the top twenty in any major offensive category. Lars Johansson ranked 18th among goalies with 39 games played and 20th in minutes with 2115:35.
Within the IceHogs, right winger Kyle Baun lead the team with 74 games played. Right-winger Spencer Abbott and left winger Brandon Mashinter tied for the team lead in goals scored with 15. Eric Gustafsson lead the team in assists with 25. Abbott also lead the team with 35 points.
The individual +/- stats reflect the disappointing goals deficit. Team leaders, left winger William Pelletier and defenseman Nick Mattson tied at +2. Center Martin Lundberg and left winger Bryn Chyzyk were the only other IceHogs in the positive.
Johansson’s 39 games lead the goalies, as did his 12 wins and 17 losses. The leader in save percentage was Jeff Glass at .914. Johansson came in at .907 and Mac Carruth finished at .879.
Of course, statistics can be misleading and only tell part of the story. Late-season trades of centers Mark McNeill and Sam Carrick, along with Abbott definitely affected the individual stat leader boards. The late arrival and a brief stint with the Chicago Blackhawks also limited the numbers for Glass. Pelletier put up some decent numbers after arriving late in the season.
The poor play and roster shuffling resulted in overall lackluster individual stats. They also resulted in the dismissal of Head Coach Ted Dent. The Chicago Blackhawks’ management is determined to improve each level of the organization. While individual stats are not their main concern, those stats will improve as the team does.