The Chicago Blackhawks added three names to their taxi squad on Wednesday morning after a pair of defensemen didn’t practice due to injury.
Calvin de Haan suffered a hip pointer against Columbus that has lingered, keeping him out of practice. Additionally, Adam Boqvist, who is in concussion protocol after taking a puck to the face in Monday’s game, will miss time as well. Both of these instances caused the following moves.
Defensemen Nicolas Beaudin and Ian Mitchell have been reassigned to the Blackhawks’ taxi squad. Goalie Matt Tomkins is also included in that list.
Beaudin, 21, has played in nine games with the Rockford IceHogs this season, registering ten points (2G, 8A), and has been a solid defensive body in the pairing with Cody Franson.
Ian Mitchell, who has experience with the Blackhawks this season, has played in just five games with Rockford, registering just one point, which was an assist. The 22-year-old blue liner also sported a -1 with his time in the AHL.
As for Tomkins, the season began with the 26-year-old goalie as the IceHogs’ mainstay in net. Head coach Derek King explained that Tomkins has worked hard to earn the starting job, but since then, he has yielded those duties to names such as Cale Morris. Tomkins has played in 11 games for Rockford this season, making big stops and facing the heavy shot totals that Blackhawks fans are used to seeing in the NHL.
As de Haan and Boqvist work hard to get back to full health, reinforcements heading to the taxi squad should help the Blackhawks balance out their roster, especially after a busy trade deadline. The IceHogs will battle their in-state rival Chicago Wolves on Saturday, while the Blackhawks will visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.