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Blackhawks Re-Assign Lukas Reichel to AHL After 2 NHL Games

Chicago also assigned Ian Mitchell to the AHL, and removed Jake McCabe from COVID-19 protocol and assigned him to the activate roster.

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The Chicago Blackhawks re-assigned top prospect Lukas Reichel to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

The 19-year-old forward played two NHL games during his call-up, scoring no points with a 34.21 Corsi-For rating and .66 expected-goals for in 26:55 at 5-on-5, according to Natural Stat Trick.

“There’s a game plan with this kid and we don’t want to ruin it, and we don’t want to ruin him,” Chicago interim coach Derek King said last week. “Sometimes giving a kid like that too much could hurt him in the long run. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Reichel along with defenseman Ian Mitchell will re-join Rockford, which is in the midst of a six-game homestand. The IceHogs host the Chicago Wolves (Carolina Hurricanes) on Monday then are off until a home-and-home Friday and Saturday against the Texas Stars. Rockford closes out its homestand against the Iowa Wild on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Reichel leads the IceHogs in goals (11) and scoring (20) in 20 AHL games during his first season in North America.

More Roster Moves

The Blackhawks also removed defenseman Jake McCabe from COVID-19 protocol and assigned him to the active roster. There are now four Chicago players in COVID-19 protocol in defenseman Seth Jones and forwards Brett Connolly, Kirby Dach, and Dylan Strome.

Chicago also recalled forward Mike Hardman and goaltender Cale Morris from the AHL and assigned them to the taxi squad. Hardman scored three points, including a goal in each of his past two games for Rockford. Morris hasn’t played an AHL game since he made 17 saves Dec. 11.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Blackhawks, who have won four straight, travel to Seattle to play the Kraken at 4 PM Monday at Climate Pledge Arena. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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