The Chicago Blackhawks continued to trim down their training camp roster on Monday morning, with the latest round of cuts bringing the total number of players on the team to 28.
Highlighting the list of cuts was forward Joakim Nordstrom, who had an outside chance of making the team as a member of the fourth forward line. He was a surprise addition to the roster last year before the season began, and ultimately played in 23 total games between the regular season and playoffs, scoring a goal and two assists in that stretch.
Nordstrom will be joined in Rockford by forwards Dennis Rasmussen and Garret Ross. Two of the team’s top defensive prospects will also be making the trip to IceHogs camp, with Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck both being sent down. Clendening is a tremendous puck mover with great passing ability, while Dahlbeck is more of a traditional two-way defenseman. Both players were outside shots to make the roster, especially if the team traded Johnny Oduya or Nick Leddy to make salary cap room to start the year, but both will report to Rockford instead.
The Blackhawks finished off the demotions by sending goaltender Scott Darling to the IceHogs. The move leaves the Hawks with three goaltenders in camp, with Michael Leighton likely to be sent down if Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta both make it to the regular season in good health.
A couple of players were also placed on waivers by the Blackhawks, as Cody Bass and Pierre-Cedric Labrie were both cut from the camp roster. If they clear waivers, they could be sent to Rockford by the Blackhawks, but other teams will get a crack at claiming them first.
The Blackhawks will next hit the ice on Wednesday night when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center.