The Blackhawks may have lost a defenseman for the start of the regular season.
Reese Johnson pushed Wyatt Kalynuk into the boards during Tuesday’s practice and he limped off the ice. He did return, but after practice head coach Jeremy Colliton indicated Kalynuk would miss “weeks” because of the injury.
On Wednesday, the Hawks announced he’ll miss 2-4 weeks.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk will be out approximately 2-4 weeks (right ankle sprain). pic.twitter.com/c8uX2T4bUK— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) October 6, 2021
Thankfully, the Blackhawks are loaded with defenseman to start the season. Jakub Galvas was on the ice with a group of mostly NHL regulars on Tuesday; this injury may open the door for him to make the Opening Night roster. Chicago appears ready to start the year with both Ian Mitchell and Nicolas Beaudin in Rockford.
The Hawks’ top six defenseman appear to be Seth and Caleb Jones, Jake McCabe, Connor Murphy, Calvin de Haan and Riley Stillman. At practice on Tuesday, Stillman was paired with Seth Jones with McCabe joining Murphy.