Currently with the Rockford Icehogs (AHL).
Autographed card purchased from the Rockford Icehogs team store.
The Chicago Blackhawks are not rushing Shawn Lalonde's development. And with so many quality d-men like Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy and Nicklas Hjalmarsson, they have no reason to.
The 'Hawks drafted Lalonde in 2008, but sent him back to the OHL for another two years. There, he blossomed into an all-star defender, playing in the OHL All-Star Game in 2010.
During Lalonde's first pro season (2010-11), he scored 32 points in 73 games--not bad for a defender--but also had a plus/minus of -16. Last season, his point production slipped (13 points in 64 games) but his plus/minus was only -2. He was called up last season for the playoffs, but did not see any action. He has a legitimate chance of landing a roster spot as the 5th or 6th defensemen this season.