Roster Moves: Hardman, Regula Recalled to Blackhawks, Five Assigned to IceHogs

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Roster Moves: Hardman, Regula Recalled to Blackhawks, Five Assigned to IceHogs

Chicago Blackhawks

On Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks announced the movement of seven players within the organization. With his quarantine period over, NCAA free agent signee Mike Hardman is eligible to make his way to the active roster for The Blackhawks and has been assigned to the NHL Taxi Squad. Joining him is rookie defensemen Alec Regula. Heading from the Taxi Squad to the AHL will be defensemen Lucas Carlsson, Ian Mitchell, and Nicolas Beaudin, as well as forwards Reese Johnson and MacKenzie Entwistle.

Hardman, a free agent signing out of Boston College, just joined on the ice today in an optional practice. While it’s unlikely he jumps directly into the lineup, given that Chicago is currently in a playoff chase, expect Hardman to get his first taste of NHL action soon.

In his post-practice media call, Hardman said a player he would compare his style of play to is Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk, “Big body that is physical, creates plays, and scores goals.” Sounds great to me.

The IceHogs play tonight in Rockford against the Chicago Wolves, while the Blackhawks are at home for tomorrow night’s contest against the Dallas Stars. Earlier today, it was announced that the Blackhawks would be purchasing the IceHogs, and investing in a 15-year lease agreement to keep the team in Rockford through at least 2036.



Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.