Numerous roster changes for Blackhawks

Since Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Chicago Blackhawks roster has seen a number of changes.

First, the injuries. Steve Montador and Marcus Kruger were both placed on Injured Reserve. Montador missed the game against Edmonton with an upper body injury and Kruger has been out since December 26th with a concussion. According to head coach Joel Quenneville, Kruger’s recovery had a setback on Tuesday.

Jimmy Hayes had already been called up from Rockford to replace Kruger (who was initially replaced by Brandon Pirri) and has been impressive in limited minutes through his first two games.

The Daniel Carcillo hit, and subsequent injury, on Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert, also put the Hawks in a bind. The league came down with a strong fist Wednesday, announcing that Carcillo will receive a seven game suspension and as a repeat offender under the CBA, he will also be forfeiting his salary from those games. Some found the suspension to be a bit harsh, but league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan noted that this is Carcillo’s ninth offense.  

There is no word yet on when Carcillo will serve the suspension as the severity of his knee injury has yet to be determined.

The subsequent roster moves to find replacements are a bit surprising, but should also be exciting to Blackhawks fans.

One of the top Blackhawks defensive prospects was called up from Rockford in the form of 21 year old Dylan Olsen. Olsen, the Hawks first round pick in the 2009 draft, was in his first full season in Rockford and had 1 goal and 1 assist each in 30 games registering a -4 rating. He will wear roster number 34.

Olsen is listed at 6’2 and 214 pounds. Expect him to be mostly a stay-at-home defenseman as he gets his feet wet in the NHL. He’s strong enough and has the frame to be able to battle in front of the net and along the boards.

To help replace Carcillo, the Hawks added recently-signed Andrew Shaw to the active roster, also recalling him from Rockford. Shaw was the Blackhawks fifth round pick in 2011. In 33 games with Rockford, Shaw scored 12 goals and had 9 assists, good for third on the team in points. Eight of those goals came in the month of December. He had an even 0 +/- rating, which was fourth on the team.

Ironically enough, Shaw has been called a “Carcillo type” as he has registered 80 PIM during his time in Rockford. He impressed during the Blackhawks summer Prospects Camp, showing he wasn’t afraid to get into a scuffle or two. Listed at just 5’10 and 180 pounds, he even got into a fight with Olsen. Shaw will wear roster number 65.

Shaw and Olsen are expected to make their NHL debuts against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.


Notes: On Monday, the team officially announced the signing of both their 2011 first round picks. Mark McNeill (18th overall) and Phillip Danault (26th overall) were both signed to 3 year entry-level contracts. The Blackhawks have now signed four of their 2011 draftees in McNeill, Danault, Shaw and Brandon Saad.


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Matt Cefalu's picture

Hayes is an exciting prospect. Hawks dont really have a true power forward, IMO. Bryan Bickell was supposed to fill that role and we all know how that's turned out. Still not sure how Olsen was drafted so high, but whatever. Shouldnt take too long to figure out what he can bring, but in the end I dont see him ending up being much more than a 7th D-man.