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Blackhawks Recall Nicolas Beaudin, Assign Reese Johnson

The decision to recall Beaudin means other back-end reinforcements are likely still a bit away from returning.

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The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Nicolas Beaudin from the Rockford IceHogs Thursday morning.

In a corresponding move, the team assigned forward Reese Johnson to Rockford.

Beaudin has three points (all assists) and a -6 rating in five games for the IceHogs this season. The 22-year-old defenseman played 19 games for the Blackhawks last season and recorded six points (two goals, four assists) while averaging 13:47 of ice time.

Johnson got the call to the Blackhawks on October 23 while the team was dealing with a plethora of COVID-related absences. He didn’t record a point and logged a -5 rating while averaging just 9:50 of ice time in six games for the NHL club.

The Blackhawks recently got several players back from COVID-19 protocol, including rugged forward Jujhar Khaira, so Johnson heading back to Rockford comes as no surprise.

But the decision to recall Beaudin means other back-end reinforcements are likely still a bit away from returning. Defensemen Wyatt Kalynuk (right ankle sprain) and Caleb Jones (left wrist strain) would certainly slot in ahead of Beaudin on the depth chart, but both are currently on injured reserve.

Kalynuk should return first, as the team deemed his timeline 2-4 weeks on October 6 and he has been skating with the team recently. On the other hand, Jones was ruled out for six weeks on October 8.

In the meantime, Nicolas Beaudin will serve as a depth option among Blackhawks’ defensemen.

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