Friday’s game against the Dallas Stars just became a touch more interesting.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday morning that 2020 first-round pick Lukas Reichel has been recalled from the Rockford IceHogs.
We have recalled Lukas Reichel from the @goicehogs @enterprise | #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/rqpJ1ughWT— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 18, 2022
Reichel has been on a bit of a scoring binge in Rockford, with two goals and five assists in his last six games. During Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals, Reichel scored this power-play goal:
#Blackhawks prospect, Lukas Reichel (#27 in white) scores his 14th goal of the season and 32nd point. Dylan McLaughlin (#39) and Ian Mitchell (#51) with the assists. #IceHogs #HawksProspects #HockeyTwitter #DEL #EBB pic.twitter.com/w6mgqfQome— Chicago Prospects (@Chi_Prospects) February 17, 2022
Reichel is the No. 1 offensive producer for Rockford this season, leading the team in goals (14), assists (19) and points (33) in 33 games. He played in a pair of Blackhawks games in January without registering a point while skating 15:55 and 14:51, respectively, in those two games.
In corresponding moves, Jujhar Khaira was moved to long-term injured reserve with lower back issues. He hasn’t played since Jan. 17 against the Seattle Kraken, returning for a 9-game stint after suffering a concussion in December that sidelined him for a month.
Jonathan Toews was moved to injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 26, with the captain being in concussion protocol since that time. Toews was back on the ice on Thursday, though:
Derek King said Jonathan Toews was "on the ice this morning, just for a little wheel. Nothing serious. I think he was just putting his gear on to make sure he remembers how to do it."— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) February 17, 2022