According to Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton, defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk will miss a few weeks with an ankle injury.
The Blackhawks confirmed Wednesday that Kalynuk is dealing with a right ankle sprain that will sideline him for 2-4 weeks.
Kalynuk was in position to be the team’s sixth or seventh defenseman on the roster to open the season. However, the injury will now allow for someone else to temporarily hold that spot. Currently, Riley Stillman and Caleb Jones will likely be the team’s fifth and sixth guys, but someone will need to be the reserve defenseman.
Last season, Kalynuk debuted with the Blackhawks, playing in 21 games. In those 21 games, the former Philadelphia draft choice tallied four goals and five assists. For being a 23-year-old rookie, Kalynuk impressed in 2021 and plans to be an important depth piece on the blue line in 2021-22.
Ian Mitchell and Alec Regula are the likely candidates to fill Kalynuk’s spot until he returns. Based on the length of time he’ll miss, whichever player gets the seventh spot will likely only see limited time (4-10 games) before the Brandon, Manitoba native returns.