The Chicago Blackhawks activated Duncan Keith from long-term injured reserve and reassigned Viktor Svedberg to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League in a corresponding roster move, the team announced.
Keith, who underwent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee Oct. 20, will play Saturday against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The 32-year-old was projected to miss four to six weeks. He has two assists in six games this season. The Hawks went 5-4-1 without him in the lineup for three weeks.
Svedberg, 24, has one goal and one assist in 15 games for the Hawks this season. He re-signed with the Hawks in August to a one-year contract. Last season, he was recalled after the IceHogs lost in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs and practiced with the Hawks throughout their Stanley Cup playoff run.
Defenseman Michal Rozsival, who was activated from LTIR Friday, will also make his season debut against the Blues. Rozsival, 37, agreed to a one-year contract Sept. 19. He had missed the entire season with a fractured left ankle sustained during the Hawks' Western Conference second-round series against the Minnesota Wild last season.
Erik Gustafsson was sent down to make room for Rozsival. The 23-year-old rookie recorded three assists in six games with a 64.2 Corsi and 107.2 PDO. He showed he's capable of playing at the NHL-level and is the Hawks top choice for a defenseman call up.