The Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, have made a permanent addition to their blue line for the 2020-21 season and made a little room on their goalie depth chart.
The IceHogs announced the signing of 18-year-old defenseman Michael Krutil to a standard player’s contract, an upgrade from his amateur tryout agreement.
Krutil joined the Blackhawks for training camp in January and spent the first part of the 2020-21 campaign with HC Stadion Litomerice in the Czech Republic. The Czech native was also apart of his country’s World Juniors team.
The contract switch comes after three games with the IceHogs since his debut on February 6th against the Chicago Wolves. Krutil was a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks.
Additionally, the IceHogs released former Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling from his professional tryout agreement. The 32-year-old netminder played in just one game for Rockford before his release. Prior to his agreement with Rockford, Darling was playing in Austria and had a sub-500 record between the pipes.
Rockford’s goalie room now consists of Matt Tomkins, Tom Aubrun, and Cale Morris.
The IceHogs’ next game is Thursday, February 18th against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The puck drops at 6:00 PM CT.