Chicago Blackhawks prospect Lukas Reichel will start the 2022-23 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced Tuesday.
The 20-year-old forward was among six players assigned to the AHL. Forwards Cole Guttman, Michal Teply, Josiah Slavin, David Gust and Kale Howarth and defenseman Isaak Phillips will join Reichel in Rockford.
Reichel is widely-considered the organization's most NHL-ready forward, and had an outside chance to make the team out of training camp. Optimism that he could make the team rose after forward Boris Katchouk suffered a left ankle sprain and will miss four to six weeks. But, the Blackhawks management decided to stay patient with the rebuild and send Reichel to the AHL, where they hope he'll dominate against the competition.
Reichel was the only under-20 prospect to average more than a point (1.02) per game with 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) in 56 AHL games last season. He had one assist in 11 NHL games.
The Blackhawks also placed forward Dylan Sikura and defenseman Nicolas Beaudin on waivers. If the other 31 NHL teams do not claim them, they'll be sent to Rockford.
The Blackhawks' training camp roster now sits at 35 players, including 20 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders.
What's On Tap Next For the Blackhawks?
The Blackhawks continue their preseason schedule Thursday when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. CDT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.