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Saad shocked many when he slipped to the Hawks in the second round of the 2011 draft. He fought his way onto the opening day roster but didn't do much in his two games with the team, accruing no points but getting no penalties and an even +/- rating.
It wouldn't be too shocking to see Saad back up with the Hawks for the postseason as an insurance policy.
Had Beach not injured himself back in October, in all likelihood, he would have gotten the call-up from Rockford over Brandon Bollig following the trade of John Scott.
However, Beach remains injured, and Bollig was the tough guy. After being left off the list of call-ups for last season's playoffs, Beach got a rude wake-up call from the organization.
How he recovers from this injury could determine whether the Hawks keep him or cut ties with the former sixth overall pick.
Another potential replacement for John Scott, Danis-Pepin has spent more time at Toledo of the ECHL than at Rockford this season. The 6' 7" former second-round pick has impressive size and great fighting ability and not much else.
Having shown solid yearly improvement at juniors, college and pros, Richards appeared to be the eventual backup to Corey Crawford. His solid—though unspectacular—2010-11 campaign was highlighted by his 2.89 GAA and .899 save percentage.
However, this season Richards slid to fifth on the Hawks depth chart. He's now behind Ray Emery, Corey Crawford, Carter Hutton and Alex Salak.
Playoff hero and instant fan favorite Ben Smith saw limited action in Chicago in 2011, being sent back down to Rockford.
He seemed like a lock to be a Black Ace until he went down with a right hip labral tear and a hernia. The ensuing surgery ended Smith's season recently.