I agree, they COULD be trade bait. However, I think it is more likely that they are on the Blackhawks next year. They are clearly ready IMO. Then when we lose Bickell, Stalberg, Frolik they will jump in and hopefully replace their productivity.
Rumor has it Stephen Johns will be signing an ATO with Rockford once his season ends and will be signing with Chicago this summer (same thing Jimmy Hayes did).
Word out of South Bend, Indiana is that when the Fighting Irish season ends, junior Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns will sign an amateur try-out contract with the Rockford IceHogs. This will lead to Johns leaving Notre Dame and turning pro in the fall.