The Chicago Blackhawks continue to move more young players into the fold as the season winds down to the final two games of 2021. On Sunday morning, the Blackhawks recalled rookie forward Evan Barratt to the Taxi Squad from the Rockford IceHogs.
Chicago (vs. DAL twice) and Rockford (vs. IA, at CHI) each play Sunday and Monday.
— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) May 9, 2021
After the Blackhawks announced that Brett Connolly and Duncan Keith, both of whom left the last game against the Hurricanes with concussions, were not cleared to play the final games of the season and that Calvin de Haan and Ryan Carpenter were also not cleared to play the final games of the year, the club moved Barratt up and could likely give him his first shot at the NHL in one of the final two games of the year.
The Blackhawks currently have 10 rookies on their active roster and will likely be playing nine or all ten of them in the final two games of the season. Barratt could become the tenth rookie to make his Blackhawks debut this season if he is to get in one of the final two games of the season.
Barratt, a 2017 third-round pick by the Blackhawks, has 14 points in 27 AHL games with the IceHogs in his first professional season this year. He played 98 NCAA games in three seasons at Penn State University, tallying 39 goals and 95 points prior to making the jump to the professional ranks this season.