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The Rockford IceHogs announced Friday that defenseman Alex Vlasic suffered a fibula fracture. Vlasic, a 2019 second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, is expected to make a full return in six weeks.

After his junior year at Boston University, Vlasic immediately joined the Blackhawks to finish the 2021-22 season. He logged one goal and one assist while averaging 14:19 of ice time in 15 NHL games.

The 6-foot-6 blueliner then joined the IceHogs to begin this season. In 21 games at the AHL level, Vlasic has six points (one goal, five assists).

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If his return timeline holds up, Alex Vlasic could return at the end of January. In the meantime, the Rockford IceHogs have a spot available on the blue line, which could be beneficial for other Chicago Blackhawks' defensemen prospects.