Rostislav Olesz cleared waivers on Thursday morning and was sent to Rockford.
In his place, the Blackhawks will reportedly recall Ben Smith from Rockford. Smith had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in nine games with the IceHogs this year.
Obviously Olesz was a non-factor for the Hawks this year, but Smith’s contributions at the end of last year and in the preseason this year before his concussion should make him a more viable candidate for regular ice time.
What’s scary is that the Blackhawks have the most points in the NHL, and their roster just got better.