The Chicago Blackhawks made a wave of roster moves to slim down their training camp roster on Wednesday afternoon.
The team announced that the following players will head to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL:
Forwards: Lukas Reichel, Brett Connolly, Andrei Altybarmakian, Jakub Pour, Josiah Slavin, Michal Teply
Defensemen: Louis Crevier, Michael Krutil, Isaak Phillips
The two most notable names among this group are both forwards: Lukas Reichel and Brett Connolly.
Reichel got his first taste of action in a Blackhawks uniform with an invite to this year’s training camp. The 17th overall pick in the 2020 draft showed flashes of NHL-ready potential throughout camp, but the team ultimately elected to not rush his development.
Brett Connolly heading to Rockford is also of note after he cleared waivers earlier today. After playing in 10 games for the Blackhawks following a midseason trade during the shortened 2021 season, Connolly competed for a roster spot to open this year’s training camp. However, standouts within the forward group such as Adam Gaudette, MacKenzie Entwistle, and Henrik Borgstrom among others forced Jeremy Colliton and his staff to make a tough decision regarding Connolly.
The veteran forward has not participated in AHL action since the 2013-14 season with the Syracuse Crunch. Due to his current contract status, Connolly will carry a $2.375 million salary cap hit on the Blackhawks’ books even as a member of the IceHogs.