Blackhawks Recall Josiah Slavin, Send Philipp Kurashev To Rockford

The Chicago Blackhawks are desperate for offense right now. They’re near the bottom of the NHL in almost every offensive category and too many of their key players are slumping in a terrible way.

So they made a roster move on Monday evening.

The Hawks sent one of their struggling forwards, Philipp Kurashev, to Rockford and recalled forward Josiah Slavin.

Slavin, 22, was originally a seventh round pick (#193 overall) by the Hawks in the 2018 NHL Draft. After two years at Colorado College, he made his professional debut with the IceHogs last season. He scored three goals with four assists in 15 games with Rockford last season and, to date, has four goals and four assists in 15 games this year.

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Josiah Slavin, Send Philipp Kurashev To Rockford

  • November 29, 2021 at 6:52 pm
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    No problem with the move, a little shake up is necessary. Let’s see what Slavin’s got.

  • November 29, 2021 at 7:06 pm
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    Agree that Kurashev could benefit from some Rock time

    I’d still like to see Strome on PP1 and skating with Dach and Cat

    Slavin and start on 3rd or 4th line and take out RJ

  • November 29, 2021 at 7:11 pm
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    Get a look at him see what he brings, King knows him from Rfd., played both wing and C there.

  • November 29, 2021 at 7:35 pm
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    No issue with this move at all. Looking forward to getting a look at Slavin with the big club.

  • November 29, 2021 at 8:57 pm
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    It was time for this. Kurashev just is not ready mentally for the league yet. He has regressed alot from last year. Hopefully Slavin gets a legitimate amount of 3rd line time and not the obligatory 6 minutes a night where he is paranoid about making mistakes.

  • November 29, 2021 at 11:58 pm
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    I brought this up in the San Jose post. It was a toss in with the injury to Reichel. I’m glad for it. Kurashev has done nothing. Slavin is a big guy and he plays both sides of the ice. He’s a right handed shot. I think a pairing on the 3rd line…or 2nd if King wants to drop Kubalik to the 3rd line.
    Okay…are the Blackhawks looking at DeBrusk? If so, what if King starts lines like this:

    Hagel-Toews-Kane
    DeBrincat-Strome-Dach
    Kubalik-Borgstrom-Slavin
    Hardman-Khaira-R. Johnson

    Feature Strome if he is indeed being shopped in a package deal for DeBrusk. Gustafsson would need to be out there so either Kalynuk or C. Jones would also be out there. Unless King sits de Haan and both kids draw in…although I doubt that.

  • November 30, 2021 at 8:00 am
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    I’d love to see Slavin play with Entwhistle and Hardman! Reese Johnson with Jhaira and Carpenter. Borgstrom with DeBrincat and Kane, while Dach plays with Kubalik and Hagel. Let Johnny rest!! The guy is coming off a debilitating illness and we (me included) expect him to pick up where he left off in 2019. Play him every other game! It’s not too hard to figure out what Johnny Toews needs; rest!!

  • November 30, 2021 at 8:29 am
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    Yeessss finally my wish was approved by the Hawks . I was saying a few weeks ago that Slavin should get the call because older and more mature physically then Reichel ( who should stay in Rockford for the rest off the year minimum)
    Kurashev is fast …that’s about it ,he is more ready for NHL then Mitchell but still need to produce more..
    Glad for Slavin, the kid works hard and maybe is ready for NHL . Very interesting move from King who knows him .wow that’s a good news.

  • November 30, 2021 at 8:34 am
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    D T Ivan
    Agree with your comment about Toews .
    And not sure at all that he will come back for a long period after his contract is done.
    Maybe he would be a good help for the Hawks organisation in a few years iff he wants to stay in Hockey ( not sure it’s is goal )

  • November 30, 2021 at 11:00 am
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    I didn’t understand how Kurashev kept getting played. I thought he did admirably last season, but felt as though he was consistently overmatched physically this year.

    I thought Reichel would be the player called up next, but that injury…

    What I remember of Slavin I liked, he seemed to skate well with good size, I don’t remember how well he handled the puck. Is he sort of the opposite of Kurashev? A bigger, better skater with less skill?

    At this point I have no idea what the right line combos are for the Hawks, but I am a little tired seeing the Hawks playing guys with fourth line ceilings higher in the lineup. If Slavin is going to replace Kurashev in the lineup and the Hawks continue to sit Strome, they are really not solving anything. The Hawks need more goals. Period.

    Maybe Slavin can provide some offense to the bottom six at the expense of someone like Carpenter or Hardman etc, but I don’t see the Hawks solving their top six scoring problems without someone already on the roster playing to their expectations or someone with more offensive upside than Slavin being added to the mix.

  • December 1, 2021 at 11:54 am
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    BLOW IT UP cut your loses and build for the future. They are not going anywhere any time soon especially this season. Get a real Hockey op’s guy in place and a veteran GM in place and start making quality trades.

  • December 1, 2021 at 6:46 pm
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    Keep the rebuild alive !

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