The Blackhawks started their 2017 Training Camp on Friday at the United Center, but two bodies weren’t on the ice.
Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival did not pass his physical and cannot participate until he does. This isn’t a surprise as it was recently revealed that he’s still struggling with post-concussion issues.
Nathan Noel suffered a lower-body injury at the recent Traverse City Prospect Tournament and won’t be able to participate in the camp. Noel, 20, was a fourth round pick (#113) by the Blackhawks at the 2016 NHL Draft. He scored 24 goals with 26 assists in 52 games with Saint John in the QMJHL last season.
The Blackhawks signed Noel to a three-year, entry-level contract beginning this season back in April. He was seen in a brace on his right knee at the United Center on Friday.