On Monday morning, the Blackhawks announced a series of roster moves to cut down their NHL roster.
Forwards Luke Johnson, Tanner Kero, Martin Lundberg, defensemen Erik Gustafsson, Robin Norell, Ville Pokka, and goaltender Lars Johansson were assigned to Rockford. Also headed to Rockford are forwards Chris DeSousa and Jake Dowell, who were released from their tryouts.
Gustafsson, 24, being assigned to Rockford before Cameron Schilling or Viktor Svedberg is a bit of a surprise. Gustav Forsling continues to impress the coaching staff and will get a longer look at training camp.
Up front, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Mark McNeill, Spencer Abbott and Sam Carrick survived the cut (for now). Alexandre Fortin also gets to hang around for a while longer after looking good in a bad overall team performance in Detroit on Sunday evening.
Chicago’s active roster is now at 33 (20 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders).