Hinostroza, 21, was a sixth-round pick by the Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Draft. A key player for the University of Notre Dame the previous two seasons, he signed an entry-level deal with Chicago in the spring and was a standout player during training camp. With the Fighting Irish, he recorded 76 points in 76 games. Here's a link to our Top 25 Under 25 post with more on the center.
The move comes after Baun was a surprise inclusion on the Hawks' opening night roster. He's been a healthy scratch twice since then, appearing in two largely underwhelming games that Chicago lost. While the 23-year-old Baun still has potential as a bottom-line winger, he rarely looked up to speed next to NHL players during his brief playing time this season.
Hinostroza is one of the Hawks' top prospects, but his promotion still might be considered unexpected. The forward has only played two games with Rockford -- recording one assist -- and measures 5'9, 180 pounds. His skill has shown through since falling to the sixth round in 2012, but we're still talking about an undersized player who's completely unproven against professional competition. This is going to a different animal from training camp and preseason.
Still, Baun wasn't working and the Hawks need to try something else. Who knows whether this means Viktor Tikhonov is back to the press box or someone else gets the boot, but Hinostroza at least brings a much different element from the 6'2, 210-pound Baun. And if he doesn't work out, well, there's still a young man named Marko Dano hanging in Rockford who might be waiting for a call.