Q on Stanton
Coach Joel Quenneville saw Stanton in Rockford this fall/early winter and likes what he’s seen.
“I really enjoyed the way he’s played this year. He’s stable and adds depth back there, brings consistency on the back end,” he said. “He’s got some experience, got some physicality. Every game, you knew what he was going to do.”
“He’s very close to playing up here; he’s seeing our system and learning from that as well,” Quenneville continued. “A lot of guys are going to get a chance to play. He’s earned it.”Rockford call-ups haven’t ended. Late Monday, forward Jimmy Hayes was recalled and will likely be at Tuesday’s practice. Hayes has 17 points and a plus-2 rating in 37 games with the IceHogs this season.
Hayes may have been recalled due to the absence of Marcus Kruger, who missed Monday’s practice with the flu. Quenneville said he wasn’t sure if Kruger will return Tuesday. The flu has been bad this winter – it was near epidemic in the Chicago area last week – and Quenneville said it’s something the staff will watch.