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Blackhawks place Brandon Davidson on waivers, per report

The defenseman has one assist in seven games this season.

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The Blackhawks placed defenseman Brandon Davidson on waivers Wednesday, according to Scott Powers of The Athletic.

Davidson had right knee surgery in late November and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks. He has not been cleared for contact, but his recovery has gone quicker than expected. He started to skate again in mid-December and is not far from returning to full strength.

The 27-year-old has one assist and a minus-4 rating in seven games in his first season with Chicago. He was slotted in as a seventh defenseman before his injury, and would rotate in and out of the lineup with Jan Rutta and recently traded Brandon Manning.

If Davidson clears waivers, he will be assigned to the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL.

The Blackhawks currently have six defenseman on their NHL roster: Carl Dahlstrom, Gustav Forsling, Erik Gustafsson, Duncan Keith, Connor Murphy and Brent Seabrook. Rookie blue liner Henri Jokiharju is expected to return to the lineup once he’s done playing for the Finnish national junior team at the World Junior Championship in British Columbia, Canada.