Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Profile: Joe Fallon

Michael Wagner@MichaelDWagnerSenior Analyst IFebruary 11, 2010

After a few weeks the Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Profile returns as we take a look at Blackhawks goaltender prospect Joesph Fallon.

Fallon was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round of the 2005 draft out of the University of Vermont, two years after he was draft eligible in 2003.

During his time at Vermont he compiled 63 wins, 51 losses and 17 ties in 132 starts in his four seasons as the starter. Fallon also add 20 career shutouts for the Catamounts which is a University of Vermont record and second all-time in the NCAA.

Fallon would find his way into professional hockey in 2008 when he spent the majority of the season in the ECHL, splitting time between the Fresno Falcons and the Gwinnett Gladiators after the Falcons franchise folded.

In 35 games in the ECHL, Fallon would win 18 games, lose 14 and have two overtime losses. Fallon would also post a save percentage of .909 and a goals allowed average of just under three.

Looking at Fallon's first professional season you can see that he struggled to be consistent but that can be attributed to the lack of certainty with the folding of the Fresno Falcons and shifting to the Gwinnett Gladiators midway through the season.

With the ascension of Antti Niemi to the backup role with the Chicago Blackhawks, Fallon would be moved up to the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, Rockford Ice Hogs.

Fallon has seen a considerable amount of playing time with the Ice Hogs because of injuries and has played rather admirably. In Fallon's 27 games with the Ice Hogs he has recorded 13 wins, 10 losses and one overtime loss with a save percentage of .909 and a goals allowed average of 2.75.

Although Fallon doesn't seem to fit into the Blackhawks near future at the NHL level with the likes of Niemi and Cristobal Huet blocking his path, his emergence might signal the end of the Corey Crawford era in the Blackhawks organization.

Even though he might not be pegged as the heir apparent in net it might allow him to get a good amount of seasoning in the AHL and allow him to grow into the Blackhawks future backup or even a starter if stars align just right for him.