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NHL lockout: Blackhawks prospects ripping up minor leagues

Blackhawks' prospects Kyle Beach and Mark McNeill have earned Player of the Week honors in their respective minor leagues.

Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The National Hockey League might not be playing, but that doesn't mean that minor league players aren't continuing their development. Two Chicago Blackhawks prospects recently earned Player of the Week recognition in their developmental leagues.

Kyle Beach, the Blackhawks' 2008 first-round pick, was named the American Hockey League (AHL) player of the week last Tuesday. Beach plays for the Rockford IceHogs, and scored three goals and racked up five points during the week he was honored. Beach, a 22-year-old forward, had 16 goals and 20 assists during the 2011-12 season, his first full one in Rockford.

This Monday, Mark McNeill was named the Western Hockey League (WHL) player of the week for his performance. McNeill had two goals and five assists in three games, as his Prince Albert Raiders went 2-1 on the week. McNeill, 19, is in his fifth season with Prince Albert. He was selected by Chicago with the eleventh selection in the 2011 NHL Draft.