McNeill was waived Monday for the purpose of reassignment, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. McNeill made his NHL debut last season, but failed to appear in another contest. In that lone game, the 23-year-old was on the ice for 12:44 and logged just three hits. Drafted 18th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old has yet to make the type of impact you would expect from a first-round pick. The center has reached the 40-point mark in each of the previous two AHL campaigns and could go for the three-peat this year as he will probably spend the majority of the season in the minors.
McNeill signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blackhawks on Friday. McNeill made his NHL debut last season with the 'Hawks, registering three hits during 12:44 of ice time on Jan. 26 against the Hurricanes. The 23-year-old forward spent the rest of the season in the minors, compiling 48 points (25 goals, 23 assists) over 64 games with AHL Rockford. The 2011 first-round pick will once again spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors, but should get a few more opportunities to suit up for the big club over the course of the season.
McNeill was sent down to AHL Rockford on Wednesday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. McNeill got his first taste of NHL action on Tuesday night, recording three hits in 12:44 of ice time in a 5-0 loss. He has nine goals and 10 assists in 29 AHL games this season. The team's 2011 first round pick has shown potential in the AHL and should get his chance in the NHL eventually on a Blackhawks team that's particularly deep up the middle.
McNeill was recalled by Chicago on Monday. McNeill will hope to make his NHL debut on Wednesday against the Hurricanes. In 29 games with AHL Rockford this season, the young center has nine goals and 10 helpers.
Mark McNeill had a hat trick in Rockford's (AHL) 3-1 victory over Grand Rapids on Saturday.
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