Blackhawks Recall Carl Dahlström, Place Jan Rutta On IR

On Friday morning, the Blackhawks placed defenseman Jan Rutta on IR (retroactive to February 6) and recalled Carl Dahlström from Rockford.

Dahlström, 23, has a career-high 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 47 games with the IceHogs this season. He ranked third on the IceHogs in points and leads their defensemen. This is his second full professional season in Rockford. He posted six goals and five assists in 70 games with the IceHogs last year.

Dahlström is listed at 6-4 and 223 pounds. Originally a second round pick (51st overall) by the Blackhawks in 2013, Dahlström represented Rockford at the 2018 AHL All-Star Game.

50 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Carl Dahlström, Place Jan Rutta On IR

  1. This is good, let’s see him play. Highmore & Hayden should be next to follow.

    It’s virtually a lock that Kempny will be scratched again for no reason. It couldn’t hurt Keith to watch one game from the press box. Oesterle for sure could use a break.

  2. Iceman I agree with you 100% there is no reason for Hayden to be in Rockford and I want to see what Highmore’s got. Dahlstrom has been the best +/ – in Rockford all year. Kempny will always be the fall guy which is really unfair. It wouldn’t hurt for Keith to take a seat like Iceman said above. Osterle has has given us more than we could have expected and given his minutes he could use a break. Hope Bowman can make some good moves at the TEL and off season.

  3. I have to think Bowman is highly motivated to dump as much dead weight off the NHL roster as possible before the deadline so they can start evaluating younger players before next year (and free agency). Dahlstrom is the first guy I wanted to see in the NHL on the blue line from Rockford because of his size – they need that. If he’s a better skater than Franson it’s a win. But they need to make room for Hayden (and Highmore at some point).

  4. Agree its about looking at young talent at this point and m9ving some impending free agents who won’t be back at deadline to make room.

  5. Gotta make room for Sikura too. He will be in the mix for top 9 ice time as soon as Northeastern’s season concludes. He has to sign still, but I believe that’s a formality.

  6. Mox that might be where ltir helps this year as after March 1st they have expanded roster sizes as long as they stay under cap limit. So that extra room could allow them to carry another 2 or 3 elc type salaries on their roster.

  7. I like it, time to see what we have in some of these kids, who knows maybe Crow comes back and they find the right mix and go on a run. While it’s highly unlikely its possible.

  8. Ogie I don’t think Seabrook will go anywhere for at least 2 yrs. Then Bowman has a chance to see what the new cba may bring if expanded new recapture rules, compliance buyouts etc. Also his actual trends down below hus cap hit maybe making moving him more attactive to a low budget team. Would definitely consider moving Saad to move Hossa’s though. Especially if a way to address Saads role on the roster available through draft or trade, signing etc.

  9. Like this move-he at least fits the size requirement (and as mentioned hopefully skates better than Franson, which was so noticeable) If he could be a 4 to 6 on the team it would help some of the smaller, skilled guys that are up or in the pipeline.

    I think some other teams have seen what Kempny might be able to do and he’ll be elsewhere–which doesn’t make sense to me.
    I think Highmore will be a/the surprise next year.

  10. Funny how the Blackhawks have lost 4 in a row they should have one. I believe that’s 7 points out of those 4 games they missed out on. But now the truth is the truth, and they’re 8 points out of the Wild Card.

    Yep, time to see what the kids can do. And it probably won’t happen, but it’s probably time for everyone to be put on notice that they are playing for their opportunities next year. There may well be injuries etc. that we don’t know about. But this team has not been mentally in the thing and it’s translated into worsening what were perhaps already some physical shortfalls. I want nothing more than to see guys bound back.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  11. Let’s hope Dahlstrom can become a 2nd or 3rd pair d-man in the future. Hopefully he will be a late bloomer like his fellow Swede Haag in Philly who was drafted earlier in the same round and who is having a nice rookie year. We need the size badly. Highmore and Sikura will get time later in the year. Even if some of these prospects pan out we will need more talent if we are going to compete next year. It would be nice if Tab or one of the posters could provide a summary of expected free agents for next year.

  12. Just something interesting: The Blackhawks had a Carl “Cully” Dahlstrom who played for them in the nineteen thirties and forties. He won the Calder Trophy in 1938.

  13. MS just google cap friendly free agents and you can look at all or by position and a year or 2 down the road if you wish.

  14. Get Highmore and Hayden in the lineup!! And ANY strong “D” that can help the “weary and the worn” – the D sucks! let’s not sugar coat it !!

  15. Thanks Ian – the UFA list has a lot of guys that probably won’t get a contract next year. As others have identified, Carlson is probably the most interesting name but someone will probably give him at least 6 years which is tough to stomach.

  16. It will be interesting to see what the hawks do by the deadline.

    You figure Anisimov has the most value in a trade. But a no movement.
    You should be able to get picks for wingels, Kempny and Franson.
    Rutta? Still a right handed dman.
    What’s his future.
    Bouma anything for him or being waived if not.
    Glass? Maybe a late round pick.
    Jurco,Gustofsson and Pokka whats their future with the hawks. Play them every game going forward or look to flip them for anything.
    Sharp could get you a draft pick. But will he wave his no trade?

    Call up Highmore and Hayden. Keep Dahlstrom up. Sikura signing when his season is done.

    Hopefully for the last however many game I would like to see the lines of

    12/19/91
    20/8/88
    Sikura/Highmore/Hayden
    48/64/38

    2/5?
    63/82
    42/7

    31/30?/34

  17. Ease Dahlström in, 12 minutes a night for starters just to get a feel for the speed and pace.

    On another defense topic. Dennis Gilbert was FANTASTIC Friday night as Notre Dame won the Big Ten regular season title. He made a fantastic first pass out of the zone and joined the rush on the first goal.

    With 3 minutes left and Notre Dame clinging to a one goal lead. He made two excellent shot blocks in the defensive zone. Ohio State called time out with roughly a minute ten left to go. Gilbert caught his breath at the bench, went out and played the last minute ten and made the final clearing chip out as Ohio State poured on the pressure. All told, Gilbert was on the ice for the last 3:15 or so defensively.

    I was more than impressed. It is best I have seen him play.

  18. Craig N- Re: Dahlstrom… we are trying to lose games… why not give him 23 minutes with Seabs… and then- Hawks will really know what they might have.

    Re: Gilbert- Lot’s to like… I watched the game too… seems to have high IQ, and great size/reach… If he can skate with the BIG boys… Kid has a bright future with Hawks…

    But I recall scouting reports on Clendenning- calling him a good/smooth skater…
    Maybe versus College kids… NOT in NHL

    so time will tell-

    On a positive note-
    Guys like Mitchell and Sikura- from Prospect Camp- were way better skaters (to the untrained eye)- imo- NHL skating will not be issues for them (lack of size and mental fortitude- might be tested- but skating is all ready there)

  19. Looking at next year on defense Keith and Seabrook will be back. Murphy and Oesterle under contract too. Keith will be still part of top pair and Seabrook and Oesterle could make a 3rd pair who take more Ozone starts and can play up if needed. That leaves Murphy as a top 4 potential and 2 more spots. The money could be there for a free agent signing. There is John Carlson if not resigned but at 28 would likely want 6 per for 6 range. Matt Greene may want to sign 6 per for 3 and weak on defense, who can play opposite Keith. To go left side behind Keith, Enstrom likely asking too much and maybe Emilin would be a possibillty.
    For the other top 4 spot , if Forsling can play a full year like he did for a few weeks in December showing confidence and speed, playing comfortable even in 3 on 3 ot at times or is the mental strain causing him to keep losing confidence and be mistake prone too much. Jokiharju looks like there is a possibilty he may get a long look to start the year anyways. There always the chance that Dahlstrom, Gilbert or Snuggerud without nagging injuries could play into lineup but will they bolster the top 4. Gustafsson or Rutta as depth or Kempny who really deserves a chance to go someplace else to see if he can find regular playing time.
    You could see Rockford defense to start next season look like on left side Forsling, Snuggerud, Gilbert and Krys and on right Dahlstrom, Raddysh, Glenndenning and Price. That is assuming a free agent is signed a d Jokiharju gets a look early. The darkhorse in this the no.1 pick in June could be a defense who steps in and impacts next season.

  20. Preess not Price sorry. Also around 5m in ltir should be available next year during season if it looks another add can make the difference .

  21. Snuggy- Injured all year- big set back year

    Jokiharju- imo- not ready- I thought he was very average at Prospect camp

    Gilbert- like him

    Both Lucas Carlsson and Tuulola- I like very much- don’t know there contracts/Europe… but really like both …

    Raddysh- average skater- but High IQ- reminds me of TvR

    Dahlstrom- Will be interesting- skates well for Bigger guy, Seems to have that seabrook (ability to jump in on O at just the right time– Older version of Seabs)…
    NOT physical though

    Hillman and Mitchell are going to make the NHL– just don’t know when

  22. I am with you guys……………let’s see what the kids can do. Let’s get rid of the dead weight. Sharpy, thank you for 3 Cups and for trying to help this year, but go to the TV booth and retire with dignity.

    Let’s see if we can find a good #2 goalie, find some consistency on the blue line and get some guys who want to get their nose dirty in front of the net.

    This year is a “throw away” year. Let’s focus on the future.

  23. Craig, last time you saw Gilbert was against Mittelstadt and you were less than impressed.

    A lot of good undrafted free agent dmen coming out of college soon. Along with their own prospects. Gonna be interesting. Im gonna pump the brakes on sikura. His linemate last season aston-reese hasnt done too much yet. Sign him. But fans should temper expectations.

  24. Ogie agree on Sikura, expect him to play a few games with Blackhaeks to burn a elc year and then be with Icehogs for playoffs and be assessed over summer and preseason to see if he is ready.

  25. ND goalie- Cal Morris- might be a guy/Goalie- the Hawks should pursue… putting up some good numbers on a Strong ND team

  26. Curious what you all think of the Brandon Saad situation. Did we overvalued him in his first stint here? Is he still what he seemed to be talent-wise but has regressed since coming back? Is he now what he’ll always be?

  27. I’m not too terribly down on Sharp as I think he’s given good effort out there and has seemed to try and bring some intensity. He’s shown at times that he has speed that the other guys don’t. BUT, I do agree that he and the team are probably best served going the way of how Brian Campbell exited after last season. He should be a member of the Blackhawks in some fashion, but it is time to transition off the ice.

    Trade bait may be what Anisimov is. But with him I’d hate to see him go as he is the only net presence the team has. When healthy he’s pretty much done what Bowman brought him in for. He’s been a modestly good goal scorer on a team that can’t score. He’s not flashy but he does serve a purpose other guys can’t or won’t.

    I realize some changes are going to be made, and you would think it is more than what Stan lets on about.

    What I really want to know, though, is how are they going to change the unforced errors? Just think about how this team has been absolutely KILLED this year by a lack of ability to clear the puck, turnovers at the blue line, turnovers in the other team’s o-zone. That’s been a problem with the older and newer guys. Talent and sloppy just don’t go together.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  28. Ogie. Correct about Gilbert. He played much much better last night. He truly looked like a #1 defenseman, which at that level we need him to if he going to have an NHL future.

  29. We’ve picked up a spot on the draft ladder and are now in 9th. It’s intriguing to have a crack at potentially getting a stud player. Having a young, fast team on the rise (if we can do it) will re-inject the excitement that has been missing the past couple of years. I just hope we fully commit to the rebuild.

  30. Q does not like the way Kempny pinches and chases the puck from what I gather. Q is stubborn, no matter what Kempny does he will never earn Q’s trust.

    I spoke with a Blackhawks employee over the summer who called Kempny “the real deal”. He said the Hawks made a mistake reacquiring Oduya. He said they should have played Kempny all 4 games.

    Clearly Q disagrees with that assessment of Kempny. If Stan could flip him for a 4th or 5th round pick that would be impressive because Kempny has been dicked around two years in a row. There’s no way he re-ups for a third year of this.

  31. I hope Wingles does not get cut , he has done his job ,now Saad on the other hand could be great trade bait . Play the kids and ,.,.,.where the crap is Hayden ?

  32. Agree with most about planning for next season and not fretting about making the playoffs. Have been saying this for weeks. If the Hawks would not make a deep run anyway, the focus should be on continuing to rebuild at the expense of this season. Hawks have some quality youth who will improve next year with more experience. Play the youngsters and not Sharp and Bouma. Give Seabs and Keith an occasional day-off.

    I expect next year to be better than this one. Level-headed (not desperate) selling at the TDL will be key. Let’s get picks and prospects, most importantly, a young goalie.

    Hawks should draft best available based on scouting’s long-term projection, regardless of position. Lack of two first-round picks and some second rounders in recent years have hurt badly. But there is a lot to look forward to with some sound decision-making.

    I know that Q is stubborn with Kempny and others, but don’t wish for his departure. He is still among the best coaches, with years to show for it.

  33. Craig – spot on as always. That was the surest bet ever if we were allowed to wager on it — that Kempny would be back in the press box tonight.

    So we have two guys who were in the minors most of the year (Gustafson & Dahlstrom) and another one who was scratched more often than Kempny but suddenly turned into Doug Wilson (Oesterle) that automatically get to play ahead of Kempny. From solely a sports perspective, this is utter disgraceful and injustice.

    Lastly, Q’s new lines are hilarious. The only time Bouma & Wingels were effetive all season is when they played regularly with Hayden, for 4th line purposes they did a decent job. The team functioned better as a whole as well, Since Hayden was sent to Rockford, those other two have been as worthless and ineffective as I thought when Bowman signed them in the summer. Also, nice to see effective forward like Hinostroza (only kane schmaltz are as dangerous lately) placed on the 4th line.

    In order to have a miracle happen and make the playoffs, they will need 4 lines and 6 D running like well oiled machine; the lines and D pairings Q has shown us lately are laughable.

  34. I see that Wingels and Bouma are back in the line up again and Hayden is still in Rockford. I knew like it has been mentioned above that Kempny would be scratched. I’m glad to see that Dahlstrom is in the game but heaven help him if he makes a mistake. Hopefully Bowman will trade Bouma and Wingels and cut Sharp so Q can’t play them anymore. Need to see Hayden back as well as Highmore Hawks have to play the kids to see what we’ve got. If the Hawks were mirically to make the playoffs it will be because of the kids. Stop the crap about moving Saad he’s having a bad year but he’s 25 and will be back to form. Forsberg had a bad game but given Q will sit him easily how can he build any confidence. So instead we’ll play Glass I love his story but going forward do you want a + 30 tandem of Crawford and Glass I think not. We need youth at all positions and given our long list of NMC’s we need to put it wherever we can. Let Keith have a seat every once in awhile it would do him good and would force a more even distribution of minutes. Please no trades to move salary that require a prospect or draft choice included to make the deal, eat some of the salary instead. Got to think of the future because this season is over!

  35. Kempny has handled his role like a pro, never complaining himself or through his agent about things not working out for him. I think as he is almost 28 its only fair that he finds another team to try and catch on with, top4 or 3rd pair doesn’t matter before its too late. I don’t think Bowman pursuing him to sign s deal with hopes of playing regularly is probably not something anyone wants to see, nor do i believe that the front office or rest of coaches would stand idly by while Q kept a player out of the lineup last year and a half that could’ve help this team win over a personal vandetta. Hopefully he can find a team and still enjoy a few years in the nhl.

  36. Given Kempny’s circumstances it would be beneficial for Bowman to try and trade him maybe in a package deal for prospects or draft picks given that he won’t resign here again anyway.
    It’s truly a shame he was wasted here. Please less minutes for Seabs and Keith more time for younger “D”.

  37. Kempny was touted as being a potential plug-in second pairing guy. That might have been a stretch, but if he had played a regular shift in the first 60 games last year and allowed to make some mistakes, who knows?

    My recollection is that there was a fair bit of competition to sign him, which, if true, means Stan had to work at it. To go that route and have Q pretty much summarily reject him is discouraging. It brings to mind the Stan – Q not being on the same page talk that was more prominent a couple of years ago.

  38. My worry now is we win 5 or more in a row, like we deserve and not get a top 89or10 pick. We deserve that high of a pick from all this crap we got this yr.

    Even though wed deserved to win the last 4 games and went 0-3-1 that right there might of had us in the playoffs.

    We know whats better for coming yrs top 10 draft pick. Play which ever guys. Donot need to play them all at once though to do it.

    We will be much better every yr going forward.

  39. Isint there a ting where the 3 and 45 and so on records a guaranteed no worse then 3 below their standings.

  40. They, say, the bounces even out over the course. A top 3 plick would even out the bounces we got this yr.

  41. Take 15 non playoff teams with worse records getting better odds and draw no. 1 pick then 2 then 3 and 4 thru 15 go from worst to best records of 12 teams left. So most you can drop is 3 spots.

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