ROCKFORD (WREX) - The Rockford IceHogs lost a combined 117 points when forwards Tim Brent and Pascal Pelletier left the Blackhawks organization in the off-season, but an early October trade for forward Kyle Greentree is helping fill that void.
Greentree was traded from the Calgary Flames to Chicago for Blackhawks defenseman Aaron Johnson back on October 7.
The winger led the AHL Flames with 39 goals last season, good for second in the league, and after battling injuries early this season he's picked back up where he left off.
In 26 games with Rockford, Greentree has eight goals and 11 assists and recently had an American Hockey League-high nine-game point streak.
He's playing on a line with Bracken Kearns and Jack Skille, and the three forwards have a combined +/- rating of +22.
"At the beginning of the year things were going good and you get frustrated," Greentree said. "But Kearns and Skille are some good guys to play with and when you stick together you get some chemistry and it's been good."
"There's some good chemistry on that line," IceHogs head coach Bill Peters added. "[Greentree] did a real good job of keeping in shape and getting himself ready and when he came back he was a real good player for us and he's continued that."
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