Another roster and lineup shuffle is on the way for the Chicago Blackhawks following news that emerged before Tuesday’s morning skate in Columbus.
Defenseman Jake McCabe — along with head athletic trainer Mike Gapski — were added to COVID-19 protocol. Neither will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jackets.
Galvas, a 22-year-old blue-liner who was a fifth-round pick (150th overall) in 2017, has played 20 games with Rockford this season with one goal and five assists. He has not played in an NHL game yet. But that is expected to change:
Jakub Galvas will make his NHL debut tonight. Fleury will start in net.— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) January 11, 2022
With McCabe added to COVID protocols, the Blackhawks now have four players there with the other three being Sam Lafferty, Brandon Hagel and Erik Gustafsson.
Coach Derek King didn’t have many specifics to add about the team’s COVID situation:
“It could be spread through us, it could not be. Whatever it is, we just deal with it.”—Blackhawks coach Derek King on defenseman Jake McCabe and trainer Mike Gapski going into COVID-19 protocol pic.twitter.com/76NMLwprcj— Phillip Thompson (@_phil_thompson) January 11, 2022
Galvas also met with the media following Tuesday’s morning skate ahead of his impending NHL debut: