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Alexandre Fortin to make NHL debut for Blackhawks vs. Wild

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The 21-year-old will skate on the third line with Artem Anisimov and Chris Kunitz.

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Alexandre Fortin will make his NHL debut for the Blackhawks on Thursday night against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center, reports Eric Lear of Blackhawks TV.

Fortin was called up from the AHL on Tuesday night after forward Andreas Martinsen missed practice with a back injury. The severity of Martinsen’s injury is unknown. Martinsen did not practice for a second straight day.

The 21-year-old Fortin rotated in on the third line with Artem Anisimov and Chris Kunitz. The top-six forward lines stayed the same, while John Hayden, Marcus Kruger and David Kampf manned the fourth line.

Fortin will be the fourth Blackhawk to make his NHL debut this season. Center Luke Johnson, winger Dominik Kahun and defenseman Henri Jokiharju all made their debuts in Chicago’s season opener Oct. 4 at Ottawa.

Fortin did not record a point in two games with the IceHogs against the Cleveland Monsters prior to his call up. The 6-foot, 174-pound speedster tallied 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 54 AHL games last season despite missing 23 games due to a lower-body injury.

Prior to his first professional season, Fortin played three seasons for Rouyn-Noranda in the QMJHL. Chicago signed the undrafted free agent in September 2016 after a breakout performance in training camp.