Blackhawks Injuries: Rockford Recalls Coming Soon

Not everything at the United Center is great these days.

Other than their lackluster performance to begin the new calendar year on Monday night, the injury bug appears to have found the fringes of the Hawks roster.

Coach Joel Quenneville revealed after practice on Tuesday that rookie center Marcus Kruger is still experiencing issues from his latest concussion, and his recovery took a step back recently. Also, Daniel Carcillo is rumored to have suffered a potentially season-ending leg injury against Edmonton.

So what do the Hawks do now?

Rookie Jimmy Hayes has jumped into the mix in the last two games and has impressed. He has used his size effectively and scored his first NHL goal to pull the Hawks back to within one on Monday night. With Carcillo looking at a lengthy suspension as the best-case scenario for the remainder of his season, Hayes might have the inside track on staying in the rotation moving forward.

But when looking to replace Kruger, the Hawks have a few options to consider.

The most likely candidate to replace Kruger would be Brandon Pirri. Also a center, Pirri was effective in his limited action with the Blackhawks earlier this year. The coaching staff put enough faith in the youngster to give him time on both special teams while he was in the NHL.

Kruger was winning roughly 46 percent of his faceoffs with Chicago, which is right where Pirri was in his four games with the Hawks. Kruger had 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 34 games, while Pirri had two assists in his four games in Chicago. And, based on his production at Rockford, Pirri would appear to have more offensive upside than Kruger (at least on paper).

Of course Pirri isn’t the only player that will get consideration. Jeremy Morin has shown the ability to score and play a physical game in his time in Chicago over the last two seasons, and has been productive in Rockford since returning from his own concussion problems. Ben Smith was solid with the Hawks last year and is another player that will certainly be on Stan Bowman’s short list of recall candidates.

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4 Responses to Blackhawks Injuries: Rockford Recalls Coming Soon

  1. wall says:

    Practice today…

    worked on PP mostly… Kane was on the 2nd unit w/ Ledds, Hayes, Seabs, and Bollie.
    They could not score against the “the Great PK unit” of Scott, Bickell, Stallberg, (Lepisto or #4, can’t remember)…

    the 1st unit of Hossa, bruno, 19, 2, 10 was almost as bad! against a slightly better PK!

    Pirri will be good someday, still too weak. Morin and Smith looked like they were still suffering from concusssions on there recent calls up. (looked timid and unsure)

    I say we give Shaw a try…

    After January this schedule is going to punish the Hawks unless they get some good help via Bowman!

  2. Brad Stevenson says:

    I agree…enough is enough, it is time for Bowman to pull the trigger on 2 trades…a top 6 forward (preferably a 2nd line centre) and a strong DMan, potentially a top 4 DMan.

    Keep Pirri and Jimmy Hayes up here as well…and if one falters, give Andrew Shaw a chance.

  3. Tab Bamford says:

    Shaw is nowhere near ready for the NHL this year. Erase that idea completely.

  4. robinson says:

    What about a pf center; Jokinen, Antrpov

    We’ll definetly get a dfd, who will we get; a Gleason, Stuart or a Clark, Zanon

    With all those injurys last spring Smith and Kruggs got experience, for a lot of games in a row. Will Hayes, Pirri and ? get to play a bunch of games in a row.

    Why dont we try Hayes w Tazer/Hoss. Sharp/Kane/Stal need to score soon. I think Kaner or Sharpy will score in Phila.

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