The IceHogs are set to finish 25 percent of the 2008-09 (already?!) on Friday, so I thought maybe next week, I might do a quarter-season assessment.
But before that happens, San Antonio comes to town on Wednesday and they're likely bringing with them Rockford's leading rookie scorer from 2007-08 -- Derek Nesbitt. The winger signed with the Phoenix (NHL) organization over the summer. His numbers were solid last year.
Nesbitt started the season with the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL) but got a recall late in 2007 and worked his way on to Rockford's top scoring line where he stayed for most of the season. With Rockford, Nesbitt finished with 17 goals, 18 assists and just six PIMs, giving him the distinction of fewest PIMs per game (0.13) on the Hogs. The only skater to come close was Petri Kontiola with 0.48. No other regular was below 0.65.
This season is not as strong for the fourth-year pro. With the Rampage, Nesbitt has just five points in 16 games. He has scored two goals.
Here's an update on some other former Hogs in the AHL.
On the east coast, Martin St. PIerre is well with his new team. The center has 20 points (5g-15a) in 18 games. He his a cool streak from Oct. 19, 2008 to Nov. 8, 2008, recording just one assist in six games, but has gone back to his regular pace recently. He is currently in a six-game point streak and finished with three points (1g-2a) and was +4 on Sunday against Hartford.
The other former IceHogs skater on the P-Bruins, Ryan Stokes, only played in two games before getting hurt early in the season. He did apparently have an impact against Lowell in the season opener, racking up 22 PIMs in the contest.
Finally, the fourth former Hog I'm keeping my eyes on this season is Danny Richmond. The d-man racked up 156 PIMs with the Hogs last season in just 40 games but was forced to sit out the rest of the season after rupturing his spleen. Now with the Wilke-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Richmond has three helpers, all of which came in the same game. He was named the #1 star that night in a 4-3 win over Hershey in Wilkes-Barre. He also has 40 PIMs and four fighting majors.