The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for more scoring in their lineup, and they have recalled one of their top prospects to help fill the void as they’ve called up Vincent Hinostroza.
Hinostroza, who was assigned to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs after a stellar preseason with the Blackhawks, has one assist in two games with the team this season. He excelled at the University of Notre Dame during a brief collegiate career, and with his quick hands and solid shot, he jumped up significantly on the Hawks’ list of prospects.
To make room for Hinostroza, the Blackhawks sent down forward Kyle Baun. Baun broke camp with the team in a bit of a surprise roster move, but has only played in two games and has recently been a healthy scratch in favor of Viktor Tikhonov.
The Blackhawks are looking for more scoring out of their forwards, as they’ve lost two games in a row and generated just one goal in the defeats. Hinostroza could potentially get a shot at some top line minutes alongside Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews, but with Joel Quenneville’s willingness to tinker and mix things up, there’s no telling where he will land on a full-time basis.
If the Hinostroza experiment doesn't work, there is always a chance that the team could bring up Marko Dano. Dano could also be on the radar if the team is able to unload Bryan Bickell's contract in the coming days, as he's quickly nearing the nine-game deadline of being exempt from clearing waivers for a second time.