The Chicago Blackhawks cut their training camp roster from 45 to 36 after assigning nine players to the Rockford IceHogs today.
Training camp roster now stands at 36 players ahead of the final two preseason games.https://t.co/9CT8kpYeMP
— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) October 6, 2021
The nine players heading to the IceHogs include Brett Connolly, Jakub Pour, Josiah Slavin, Michal Teply, Andrei Altybarmakian, Lukas Reichel, Louis Crevier, Isaak Phillips, and Michael Krutil.
Notable among the group are forwards Brett Connolly and rookie Lukas Reichel.
After clearing waivers yesterday, the Blackhawks assigned veteran forward Brett Connolly to the IceHogs and buried his $3.5M cap hit, reducing it to $2.375M in the AHL. Unfortunately, Connolly hasn’t been able to replicate his career-best season from 2018-19, where he topped the 20-goal marker with the Washington Capitals and will have an uphill battle ahead of him to get back to the NHL with Chicago.
For Reichel, it’s a much different story from Connolly. While there is little doubt that Reichel can play in the NHL, with the depth of the forward’s group still battling for positions with the Blackhawks, there is no reason to rush him to the NHL level too early. However, he can benefit from playing top minutes in the IceHogs forwards group, and it would be unlikely if he did not see NHL ice this season in Chicago at some point.
Chicago still has to make at least 13 more cuts before the beginning of the regular season, which is less than a whole week away. The Blackhawks have two more preseason games left against the Minnesota Wild tomorrow and on Saturday.