With the first game of the season two days away, the Blackhawks’ NHL roster picture became more clear with a slew of roster moves.
It started with 10 players who were assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
Eight forwards and two defensemen were among the roster moves.
Forwards: Andrei Altybarmakian, Evan Barratt, Matej Chalupa, MacKenzie Entwistle, Reese Johnson, Cam Morrison, Tim Soderlund, Michal Teply
Defensemen: Chad Krys, Alec Regula
Goaltender Cale Morris was released from his professional tryout and will also report to the IceHogs.
Along with those moves, the Blackhawks also released defenseman Michael Krutil from camp. He’s expected to play for the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL, the same team and league that produced Duncan Keith.
There are no significant surprises on that list. There is one pleasant omission, though: forward Philipp Kurashev, who’s been one of the noticeable young players in the abbreviated training camp and could earn an extended look early in the regular season. Brent Seabrook’s continued presence on the “unfit to participate” list also meant that two other young defensemen remained with the parent club instead of being demoted to the NHL: Lucas Carlsson and Nicolas Beaudin.
Four other players may be headed to Rockford soon or could be named to the Blackhawks taxi squad. Forward John Quenneville, goaltender Matt Tomkins and defensemen Anton Lindholm and Nick Seeler were all placed on waivers Monday. To be eligible for a demotion to the AHL or an addition to the taxi squad, those four players must clear waivers. Their fate will be determined on Tuesday.
With defenseman Nikita Zadorov returning to practice on Monday, here’s what how the lineup unfolded:
#Blackhawks lines at practice today. Jostling in middle six, Zadorov back:— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) January 11, 2021
DeBrincat - Strome - Kane
Janmark - Wallmark - Shaw
Kubalik - Suter - Pirri
Highmore - Kampf - Carpenter
Keith - Murphy
Zadorov - Boqvist
de Haan - Mitchell
Beaudin - Carlsson
Can’t guarantee that’s the way things look in Wednesday’s opener, but it’d have to be somewhat close to that, right?
In other news, Blackhawks forward Carl Soderberg remains hampered by immigration issues and it appears he won’t play in any of Chicago’s first four games, which are all on the road.
Carl Soderberg won’t be joining the Blackhawks on their four-game road trip, Jeremy Colliton said. He’s hopeful Soderberg will be ready to play when they return.— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) January 11, 2021
The Blackhawks’ first home game is Friday, Jan. 22 against the Red Wings.