The 28-year-old defenseman had surgery on his right shoulder in May and was given a four- to six-month timetable for his return. When Chicago acquired him in a four-player trade in June, he said his “main goal” was to be ready for training camp.
The timetable for de Haan’s return could have him ready for Chicago’s season opener against the Flyers on Oct. 4 in Prague, Czech Republic.
“Yeah, I think he’ll be close,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “At this point, I’m not sure. I think once we get him back and skating with the team in a full practice, we’ll have a better idea. He’ll be close.”
De Haan tallied a goal and 13 assists and 55.64 Corsi percentage in 74 regular-season games with the Hurricanes last season. Oddly enough his lone goal was against the Blackhawks. He also scored a goal in 12 playoff games for Carolina, helping the team reach the Eastern Conference Final in its first postseason appearance since 2009.
De Haan, a left-handed shot, logged the third most time on the penalty kill for the Carolina with 147:22 of ice time, according to Natural Stat Trick. That’s good news for the Blackhawks, whose penalty kill was historically bad last season.
Other injury updates
Forward prospects Kirby Dach (concussion) and Philipp Kurashev (left knee/shoulder contusion) did not practice Friday at Fifth Third Arena. Both players sustained their injuries during Chicago’s seventh-place game against Minnesota at the NHL Prospect tournament Tuesday in Traverse City, Michigan.
Dach is in concussion protocol and did not skate prior to the team’s practice like de Haan and Kurashev did.