Saturday, January 14, 2017

Blackhawks Recall Schmaltz From Rockford

(By Randy Holndoner @bhawkschatter) 

The Chicago Blackhawks today recalled forward, Nick Schmaltz, from their AHL affiliate, Rockford IcehogsArtem Anisimov did not practice today due to an illness and coach Joel Quenneville is unsure of his status for tomorrow's matchup against the Minnesota Wild who are 2 points behind the Hawks in the standings with 5 games in hand.

Schmaltz, 20, a rookie, was the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.  He started this year with the Blackhawks playing in 26 games and gathering 4 points (1G 3A).  Since being sent down to the Icehogs in early December, Schmaltz has played 12 games and has 9 points (6G 3A).

His stay will most likely be a short one, as the Blackhawks are trying not to recall any players if not needed.   The Blackhawks would like to bank salary cap space money in case a move is made at the NHL trade deadline for another run at Lord Stanley's Cup.

Next game: Sunday, January 15th, 6PM, Home vs. Minnesota Wild (40GP, 26-9-5) Television - NBCSN, Radio - WGN-720AM


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