As the Chicago Blackhawks took the ice for the first day of training camp, three injury updates came to light. The team announced that defenseman Ian Mitchell will miss six weeks with a left wrist injury. Additionally, forward prospects Colton Dach and Paul Ludwinski are in concussion protocol.
With a wave of defensemen entering the Blackhawks' prospect pool, Mitchell's injury comes at an unfortunate time.
The 2017 second-round pick has played in just 47 NHL games across two seasons. In 2021-22, he only skated in eight contests for the Blackhawks.
Mitchell's entry-level contract will expire following the 2022-23 season, making it a crucial campaign for the 23-year-old. Unless he makes major strides when he does return to action, he may be on the outs when it comes to the Blackhawks' plans for the future on the blue line.
Dach is in concussion protocol following a short-lived stint during the Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase. The 2021 second-round pick scored a goal early in the Sept. 16 game but exited after the first period.
Now, Dach will miss the first day of Blackhawks training camp.
Like Dach, Ludwinski is also in concussion protocol and will miss the first day of camp.
The Blackhawks selected Ludwinski in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft. He scored 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 67 games for the OHL Kingston Frontenacs last season.