Forwards (Part 3)
Reese Johnson: C-
Another heart-and-soul player like Entwistle, Johnson has played the role asked of him this season. He’s been fine, but ideally, once players like Dach, Frank Nazar, and Oliver Moore eventually graduate to the NHL, Johnson will no longer be in the Hawks’ lineup on a nightly basis.
Joey Anderson: B
After failing to make the Hawks’ initial roster out of training camp, Anderson tore up the AHL and earned himself a promotion. One of the few players with a positive plus/minus on the team, Anderson has performed well on Dickinson’s wing. He often wins puck battles, races against larger players, and sets up teammates for good chances.
Zach Sanford: C-
Sanford was claimed off waivers during the Hawks’ miserable stretch of injuries. He’s tallied 3 assists in 11 games but hasn’t been overly inspiring with his play. You can see why he was deemed expendable by Arizona, but, to be fair, the Hawks didn’t expect much of him anyways.
Boris Katchouk: C
Katchouk was placed on and cleared waivers in early December. He was then recalled at the end of the month. He has played better since rejoining the team and has even tallied a couple of goals in a bigger role since Bedard’s absence.
Taylor Raddysh: D-
After finishing last campaign tied with Andreas Athanasiou for the team lead in goals, Raddysh was expected to shoulder a good chunk of the offensive load this season. He has failed to meet expectations, tallying just 5 goals in 45 games and looking ineffective most nights. The Hawks are hoping the time off during the All-Star break will allow him to reset and start to look like the player he was last season.