Defenseman Darren Raddysh has agreed to terms on a one year AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs.  Last season, he won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman, as he lead the Erie Otters to the Ontario Hockey League championship.

The twenty-one year old spent the last five seasons with the Otters in the OHL.  He set career-highs with 16 goals and 65 assists in 62 games, with 81 points last season.  In the OHL playoffs, he had 22 points in 22 games, including 8 points in 5 games during the Memorial Cup.

Raddysh joined the Otters as a talented kid, but has grown into a true NHL prospect.  In 2012, upon joining the Otters Raddysh was 5’11” and 165 pounds. He’s now 6’1″ and 200 pounds.  He notched 13 points in his first season with the Otters.  He followed that with 48 and 40 points in his next two.  Last season, he had his breakout year and turned many heads.

Despite being courted by some NHL teams, Raddysh signed with the IceHogs.  That, coupled with the upcoming Expansion Draft and the NHL Draft, makes this a very interesting move.

Is the contract with Rockford a procedural move to protect Raddysh?  Will Raddysh play with the Chicago Blackhawks sooner rather than later?  Some things will be clearer after the upcoming drafts, but either way, the signing of Raddysh is good for the Chicago organization.


John Wroblewski

John Wroblewski is a freelance writer, who covers the Rockford IceHogs and writes general interest pieces for Puck Planet. His writing career really started over twenty years ago, as a guest columnist for a Chicagoland community newspaper group. John has written several articles for Global Traveler magazine, along with being a regular online contributor. In 2008, he started Johngy’s Beat, a site focused on meeting celebrities, athletes and pop culture icons. His Johngy’s Beat YouTube channel has over 800 interviews. Currently, John regularly covers the IceHogs, the Chicago Bandits (National Pro Fastpitch), the Chicago Bliss (Legends Football League), Resistance Pro Wrestling and many comic cons around the country.

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