Defensemen Calvin de Haan and Connor Murphy returned to the ice Tuesday for the Blackhawks after missing the majority of training camp, but when they’ll join the team for practice is unknown.
“Great to have Murph and de Haan back on the ice,” coach Jeremy Colliton said Tuesday. “We’ll get them going as quick as we can. When they join the full group, I don’t know.”
De Haan skated by himself on the second practice rink at Fifth Third Arena, while the team performed drills and competed in a scrimmage.
The 29-year-old participated in the first day of training camp, which opened July 13, then left for a family emergency and missed five days of practice. He had six points (one goal, five assists) in 29 games before he had season-ending right shoulder surgery Dec. 27. Chicago acquired him from the Hurricanes in a four-player trade June 24, 2019.
Murphy skated for about 35 minutes on the main rink then exited before the Blackhawks started their main practice.
The 27-year-old practiced in the first three days of camp then the Blackhawks had a scheduled off day last Thursday before he was ruled “unfit to participate” the next day. He had 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 58 games this season, which also saw him miss 11 games with a groin injury.
The Blackhawks have their second scheduled off day of training camp Wednesday then they’ll have four straight practice days before traveling to Edmonton on July 26 for their Stanley Cup Qualifier series against the Oilers. Chicago will face the Blues at 5:30 p.m. July 30 in an exhibition game before their best-of-five series against Edmonton starts at 2 p.m. Aug. 1.
The qualifier series winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the loser will have a 12.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery, which will be Aug. 10. The 2020 NHL Draft is set for Oct. 9-10.