Vinnie Hinostroza has been talked about quite a bit lately. The young forward was one of the final cuts from training camp and has eight goals and 18 points in the first 20 games of year for the Rockford IceHogs.
When Chicago Blackhawks were struggling to score goals, many wanted to see the speedy young forward back in the NHL. Hinostroza recently told John Dietz of the Daily Herald that he used the demotion as motivation to get better.
"Nothing good is going to come out of coming down here and pouting,” said Hinostroza. “If I believe that I should be in the NHL, I should be playing pretty well at this level. So that's all I've been trying to do."
First year IceHogs head coach Jeremy Colliton raved about Hinostroza’s work ethic and his relentlessness on the forecheck and getting to loose loose pucks. He is confident that it is just a matter of time before he is back in Chicago.
"I mean he's an NHL player," Colliton said. "When you're in this position, you never know when that opportunity's going to come. So what you can decide is how you play every day, how you compete every day so that your game is in the best possible place to make an impact when you get a chance.
"That's what he's got to do, and that's what he's been doing."
When do you think we will see Vinnie Hinostroza back with the Blackhawks?