The Chicago Blackhawks made a roster move on Friday, recalling forward Phillip Danault from the Rockford IceHogs.
The move comes on the heels of an injury to center Marcus Kruger, who was forced from Thursday’s win over the Edmonton Oilers with an upper body ailment. Head coach Joel Quenneville declined to comment on the severity of the injury, but the decision to bring up Danault would seem to indicate that a lineup shuffle could be needed.
Danault has appeared in only six games this season with the IceHogs, registering a goal and an assist in those games. He also has appeared in two NHL games, both of which came during the 2014-15 season.
As of now, the Blackhawks have 14 forwards on their roster, but are still carrying only seven defensemen as they continue to get Rob Scuderi acquainted with their system following his acquisition from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Some believed that the team would use the cap space saved in the trade, which sent Trevor Daley to Pittsburgh, to call up an eighth defenseman, but the plans likely changed because of Kruger’s injury status.