Chicago Blackhawks Player News: All Positions

News: Nylander had two assists and added two shots with a plus-2 rating in a 5-3 loss to Washington on Sunday.
Impact: The 21-year-old set up goals by Drake Caggiula and Patrick Kane for his first multi-point outing as a Blackhawk. The former Buffalo first-rounder is off to a fairly productive start with his new organization, collecting two goals and two assists in his first five games. He had six points in 19 career games over parts of three seasons with the Sabres and is looking to revitalize his career. He was drafted eighth overall by Buffalo in 2016.
News: Kubalik scored a goal on a game-high 10 shots in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Kubalik was an absolute demon on the sequence leading to his goal, forcing a turnover high in the offensive zone to keep the play alive before finishing off a Brandon Saad rebound. The 24-year-old led all players with 10 shots on goal after having entered the night with 15 shots in his first five games. Kubalik has three points in his first six NHL games after coming over from Switzerland.
News: Kane scored a goal on three shots and was minus-2 in Sunday's 5-3 loss to Washington.
Impact: Kane scored his third goal of the season midway through the final period, leading a 2-on-1 rush and beating Washington goalie Braden Holtby from inside the right faceoff circle. Kane has now recorded at least one point in five of six games this season, including each of the last three. A 110-point man a year ago, he just keeps on producing.
News: Caggiula scored a goal on his only shot in Sunday's 5-3 loss to Washington.
Impact: The 25-year-old put home a pretty goalmouth feed from Alexander Nylander midway through the second period for his second goal in as many games. Caggiula has the skill set to move up and down the lineup and has frequently done just that with both Chicago and Edmonton. He was back in a bottom-six role Sunday and saw just 11 minutes of ice time.
News: Crawford allowed four goals on 29 shots in a 5-3 loss to Washington on Sunday.
Impact: Crawford had little-to-no chance on any of the goals, as all four came from high-danger scoring areas. Aside from last Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers, Crawford has allowed four or more goals in his other three starts in 2009-10 and currently owns a 3.58 GAA and .891 save percentage. He'll look to get back into the win column Tuesday against Vegas.
News: Smith did not partake in warmups prior to Sunday's game against the Capitals and appears to be a healthy scratch, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smith is averaging just 9:52 of ice time per game and has been held scoreless through Chicago's first five games this season. The 31-year-old veteran may continue bouncing between the press box and a limited bottom-six role.
News: Dach will make his NHL debut in Sunday's game against the Capitals, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: The third overall pick in last summer's draft finished his conditioning stint Friday after dealing with a concussion to start the year. Now that Dach is finally healthy, he'll make his way into the lineup after a three-game stint in the minors. It's likely he'll assume a bottom-six role to start his career, and Alex Nylander is expected to exit the lineup Sunday for the youngster.
News: Crawford will start Sunday's game against the Capitals, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Crawford gave up nine goals in his first two starts and lost both. He bounced back in his last outing, however, holding the Oilers to one goal on 28 shots in his first win of the season. Crawford will look to build on that effort against a 5-2-2 Capitals team.
News: Kane picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: He set up Alex DeBrincat with the man advantage midway through the third period to help tie the score at 2-2, then got credit for his second assist on Jonathan Toews' winner when the rebound of his shot bounced off the captain and into the back of the net. Kane is off to a flying start this season with two goals and seven points through five games.
News: DeBrincat scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: His one-timer midway through the third period on a nifty cross-ice feed from Patrick Kane knotted the game at 2-2, setting the stage for Jonathan Toews' winner. DeBrincat now has two goals and four points through five games to begin the season, and both markers have come with the man advantage.
News: Toews scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 31-year-old was in the right place at the right time, as Patrick Kane's shot was stopped by Columbus netminder Elvis Merzlikins but the puck then bounced off Toews into the back of the net. It was the Chicago captain's first goal of the season, and he only has two points through five games.
News: Dach was recalled from his conditioning assignment with AHL Rockford on Friday.
Impact: The third overall pick in 2019 will now join the Blackhawks after beginning the year with a concussion. It's likely Dach will slot into the lineup -- there's little point in keeping the 18-year-old in the press box. Dach failed to record a point during his three-game stay in the minors. He'll likely begin his career in a bottom-six role, but early success could see him move up the lineup.
News: Lehner made 37 saves in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 28-year-old is now 1-0-1 to begin his Chicago tenure, and he hasn't been getting much help from his defense -- Lehner's faced 72 shots already in the two games. His 2.47 GAA and .931 save percentage are providing some early evidence that his breakout campaign last season wasn't just a product of the Islanders' system.
News: Lehner is slated to start in goal in Friday's home game against the Blue Jackets, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lehner was solid in his season debut Saturday against the Jets, stopping 30 of 33 shots, but he ultimately fell short, suffering his first loss of the campaign in overtime. The 28-year-old Swede will look to bounce back in a home matchup with a Columbus club that's only averaging 2.33 goals per game this year, 28th in the NHL.
News: Perlini has been a healthy scratch for three of Chicago's first four games of the campaign.
Impact: To make matters worse, Perlini only logged 7:49 of ice time in the one contest he appeared in, going scoreless while registering one shot on goal. The 23-year-old winger will likely be buried on the depth chart throughout the campaign, so unless he's moved in a midseason trade, he won't have any fantasy value in 2019-20.
News: Maatta has tallied one assist while averaging 17:58 of ice time in four games this campaign.
Impact: Maatta will be a solid bottom-four option for Chicago this season, but he won't see any time on the man advantage and will likely struggle to crack the 20-point mark. The 25-year-old Finn can be ignored in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
News: Koekkoek has been a healthy scratch for each of the Blackhawks' last two games.
Impact: Now that Calvin de Haan and Connor Murphy have returned to the fold, Koekkoek has been relegated to a rotational role as Chicago's seventh defenseman. The 25-year-old won't have any fantasy value in 2019-20.
News: Keith took a maintenance day Wednesday ahead of Friday's game against the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Keith has averaged over 24 minutes of ice time per contest thus far this season, so he's just getting an extra day of rest ahead of Friday's contest. The two-time Norris Trophy winner has picked up two assists while posting a plus-3 rating in four games this campaign.
News: Carpenter has produced an assist in each of his last two games.
Impact: Carpenter's latest helper set up the game-winning goal by Alexander Nylander in a 3-1 win over the Oilers on Monday. The 28-year-old produced 18 points and 126 hits in 68 games with the Golden Knights last season. His offense will typically be limited to that of a fourth-liner.
News: Toews had an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Impact: After a personal-best 81 points in 82 games last season, Toews has come out of the gate slowly in 2019-20. The assist Monday was his first point in four contests. While he'll likely regress from last year's lofty numbers, Toews should be able to challenge the 60-point mark.
News: Kampf produced an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Impact: His assist came on an empty-net goal by Brandon Saad. Kampf had been held off the scoresheet in the Blackhawks' first three games of the year. The Czech center notched four goals and 19 points in 63 contests in 2018-19, so he's not likely to move the needle much on offense.
News: Strome registered an assist and a team-high six shots in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Impact: The center was buzzing throughout the game, but only managed to set up Patrick Kane's opening tally in the second period. Strome has notched three points and nine shots in four games this year. After producing 51 points in 58 games with the Blackhawks following a trade from the Coyotes last season, expectations for high production are on the 22-year-old's shoulders. The early returns are encouraging, but Strome flies under the radar enough that he could still be available in some formats.
News: Saad scored an empty-net goal and fired four shots on goal in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Saad made sure to put the game out of reach after a James Neal tally cut the Blackhawks' advantage to one. Saad has two goals and an assist over his last three games, and he's fired 13 shots in four contests this year.
News: Nylander scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Nylander's third-period tally became more important when James Neal got the Oilers on the board later in the frame. The tally was Nylander's second of the year in three games. The first-round pick from 2016 will need to continue to produce offense to move up the lineup before he becomes relevant in fantasy.
News: Kane scored the opening goal of Monday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.
Impact: Kane's tally at 4:11 of the second period put the Blackhawks in front, and they didn't look back. The 30-year-old winger has two goals and five points through four games this season.
News: Crawford stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 3-1 win over the Oilers on Monday.
Impact: Crawford and the Blackhawks did a great job in silencing the Oilers, as only James Neal's late third-period tally prevented Crow from getting a shutout. It's a welcome good game after Crawford had allowed nine goals over his first two appearances. The 34-year-old will have plenty of time to rest ahead of Friday's game versus the Blue Jackets.
News: Crawford will defend the home net in Monday's game against the Oilers, Carter Baum of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: This is slightly surprising considering Crawford allowed nine goals over his first two starts while Robin Lehner looked better with 30 saves on 33 shots in his only gig. Crawford and the winless Blackhawks will look to halt the Edmonton's five-game winning streak, as the Oilers have busted out of the gate averaging 4.5 goals per contest.
News: De Haan (shoulder) was minus-1 with one shot on goal, three blocked shots and three hits in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: The 28-year-old defenseman missed Chicago's first two games with a shoulder injury but returned Saturday and logged 18:03 minutes of playing time, including ample minutes on the penalty kill. De Haan is a defensive-minded defenseman who has scored as many as five goals in a season only once in six NHL seasons.
News: Seabrook scored a power-play goal on his lone shot of the game and added four hits and two blocked shots in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Jets.
Impact: Seabrook picked up his first goal -- and point -- of the season when he drove home a loose puck from the right faceoff circle in the first period Saturday. The 34-year-old has seen his offensive production level off from his peak in recent years, but he still logs enough playing time to at least stay on the radar in fantasy leagues.
News: Saad scored a short-handed goal on his lone shot of the game and had two PIM in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Jets on Saturday.
Impact: The 26-year-old was held without a goal in Chicago's first two games but got off the schneid Saturday when he finished off a 2-on-1 rush while on the penalty kill. Saad's offensive numbers have remained pretty consistent throughout his career and he is a good bet to reach the 20-goal plateau once again this year.
News: Lehner stopped 30 of 33 shots Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: It was the first start of the season for the first-year Blackhawk, who was staked to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes but couldn't hold off the Jets. Chicago's incumbent goaltender, Corey Crawford, struggled through his first two starts, so there could be an opportunity for Lehner to push for more playing time. He made 46 appearances for the Islanders last season and went 25-13-5 with a 2.13 GAA, .930 save percentage and six shutouts.
News: Dach (concussion) was sent down to AHL Rockford on Saturday for a conditioning stint.
Impact: Now healthy after beginning the 2019-20 campaign on IR-NR, Dach will spend up to 14 days in the minors. The third overall selection in this past year's draft figures to play a prominent role for the Blackhawks down the road, but it remains unclear when he'll make his NHL debut.
News: De Haan (shoulder) will make his season debut Saturday against Winnipeg, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks will welcome de Haan into their lineup with open arms, as they've been thrashed for nine goals over their first two games of the campaign. De Haan is a well-respected, stay-at-home defender, but he won't produce much offense from the blue line, so he can be ignored in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
News: Lehner is in line to start between the pipes in Saturday's home matchup against the Jets, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Corey Crawford got the nod for each of the Blackhawks' first two games, but didn't play particularly well in either, suffering back-to-back losses while posting an ugly 4.62 GAA and .875 save percentage. As such, Lehner will have a prime opportunity to make a case for a larger share of the workload Saturday. The 28-year-old Swede will attempt to pick up his first win of the campaign in a home matchup with a hot Winnipeg team that's averaging 3.60 goals per game this season, 11th in the NHL.
News: Caggiula skated with Alex Debrincat and Jonathan Toews on the Blackhawks' first line during Friday's practice, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Caggiula has been stuck in a bottom-six spot during the first two games of the campaign, but appears to be in line for top-six minutes Saturday against Winnipeg. He played well in that role last season, providing a physical edge while skating on one of Chicago's scoring lines, so if he plays well against the Jets, he might see additional ice time going forward.
News: Carpenter has gone scoreless while posting a minus-1 rating and two PIM through the first two games of the campaign.
Impact: The Blackhawks signed Carpenter to add a dependable veteran to their fourth line, so his lack of production shouldn't come as a surprise. The 28-year-old pivot will be lucky to crack the 20-point mark in 2019-20.
News: Strome collected a goal on two shots and added an assist with a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: The 22-year-old was a revelation after being acquired from Arizona last November, racking up 17 goals and 51 points in 58 games with the Blackhawks after managing just seven goals and 16 points in 48 games over parts of three seasons in the desert. Strome has first-round draft pedigree and may finally be establishing himself as a bona fide front line player.
News: Shaw scored two goals on five shots and was plus-2 with seven hits and two PIM in a 5-4 loss to San Jose.
Impact: Returning for a second stint with the Blackhawks, Shaw collected his first two goals of the season in just his second game back. The 28-year-old spent his first five NHL seasons in Chicago before moving on to Montreal for three years. Shaw had 19 goals in 63 games for the Habs last year and could approach that total again this year.
News: Kubalik scored a goal on a team-high six shots and added five hits in Thursday's 5-4 loss to San Jose.
Impact: The 24-year-old, playing in his second NHL game, enjoyed an impressive showing and was eventually moved up to Chicago's first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. He showed a goal-scorer's touch on his goal, one-timing a feed from a sharp angle at the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Kubalik spent last season playing in Switzerland and had 25 goals and 57 points in 50 games. That early promotion to the top line is certainly intriguing.
News: Crawford allowed five goals on 34 shots in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Crawford has now given up nine goals in his first two starts of 2019-20, stopping 53 of 62 shots for an .855 save percentage. The 34-year-old was aiming to bounce back from a .908 save percentage last season that was his worst since 2011-12, and so far the early returns aren't pretty. He'll look to right the ship as early as Saturday when Chicago hosts Winnipeg.
News: As expected, Murphy (groin) will make his season debut Thursday against San Jose, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Murphy's return will bolster the Blackhawks' defensive prowess, but it won't move the needle in fantasy circles, as he hasn't scored more than 17 points in a single season since becoming a full-time NHLer in 2014-15. He's expected to skate with Slater Koekkoek on Chicago's third pairing against the Sharks.
News: Crawford is slated to start Thursday's home opener against the Sharks, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: Crawford wasn't great in Friday's season opener against the Flyers, surrendering four goals on 38 shots en route to a 4-3 loss. The veteran backstop will look to bounce back in a home matchup with a San Jose team that will be desperate for a win after going 0-4-0 to start the campaign.
News: De Haan (shoulder/groin) wasn't able to practice Wednesday and isn't expected to be available for Thursday's game against San Jose, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: De Haan will now have to wait for Saturday's matchup with Winnipeg for his next potential opportunity to make his Blackhawks debut. The 28-year-old blueliner hasn't tasted game action since last season, so his minutes will likely be limited upon his return.
News: De Haan (shoulder) is now dealing with a groin issue that kept him out of practice Monday, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The news that de Haan won't be participating in practice over the next few days certainly raises doubts regarding his availability versus San Jose on Thursday. The defender hasn't been able to shake the injury bug to start the year and may need some additional time off before making his 2019-20 debut. Slater Koekkoek figures to continue holding down a spot on the blue line in de Haan's stead.
News: Murphy (groin) said he should be ready for Thursday's game versus the Sharks, Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV reports.
Impact: Murphy still needs to get the all clear from the medical staff, but he feels ready for the Blackhawks' home opener. The 26-year-old blueliner will need to be lifted from IR before he can get into the lineup. Fantasy owners in season-long leagues shouldn't be concerned either way, as Murphy hasn't surpassed 17 points in a single season.
News: Gilbert was assigned to AHL Rockford on Saturday.
Impact: Last year, Gilbert recorded 14 points in 63 minor-league contests with AHL Rockford. He failed to find the scoresheet in Chicago's season opener and logged 14:57 of ice-time.
News: Quenneville (hip) was activated from injured reserve and sent to AHL Rockford on Friday.
Impact: As expected, Quenneville is set to begin his campaign in the minors after overcoming a hip injury he sustained early in training camp. Quenneville posted 18 goals and 39 points in 37 games with AHL Binghamton as a member of the Devils' organization last season.
News: Smith (back) made his Blackhawks debut and was minus-1 in Chicago's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Friday.
Impact: The former Ottawa Senator sat out Chicago's preseason finale on Wednesday with a back issue but was good to go for Friday's opener. Smith totaled just 14 goals over the past two seasons in Ottawa and while a return to his 25-goal form (and career-high 20.7 shooting percentage) of 2015-16 may not be in the cards, the Blackhawks would likely settle for the player who scored 16 times in 2016-17.
News: Crawford turned aside 34 of 38 Philadelphia shots in a 4-3 season-opening loss on Friday.
Impact: Crawford received the opening-night nod over newcomer Robin Lehner and is looking to bounce back from a tough 2018-19 campaign in which he went 14-18-5 with a 2.93 GAA and .929 save percentage. It's still unclear how the playing time will be divided between the two goaltenders, but Crawford is only two years removed from posting a career-best .929 save percentage.
News: Gustafsson assisted on a pair of goals and had two shots in Chicago's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Friday.
Impact: The 27-year-old defenseman assisted on Alex DeBrincat's power-play goal in the second period and later set up Patrick Kane in the third period. Gustafsson was one of the NHL's breakout players in 2018-19, amassing 17 goals and 60 points in 79 games after having combined for just five goals and 30 points in 76 games over his first two NHL seasons.
News: Nylander scored on his lone shot on goal in Chicago's 4-3 loss to the Flyers on Monday.
Impact: An offseason trade acquisition, Nylander found the net in his Blackhawks debut and displayed a goal-scorer's touch on his first-period snipe. The No. 8 pick from the 2016 draft, Nylander failed to gain any traction while with Buffalo and finished his Sabres tenure with just three goals and six points in 19 games over the past three seasons. Perhaps a fresh start with a new organization will unlock the talent that once made him a top-10 pick.
News: Kane scored a goal on three shots while also collecting a pair of assists in Chicago's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Friday.
Impact: Kane rounded out the scoring Friday with his goal late in the third period. He also drew assists on goals by Alexander Nylander and Alex DeBrincat, the latter coming on the power play. One of the game's elite forwards, Kane scored 44 goals in 2018-19 and finished third in the NHL scoring race with a career-high 110 points.
News: DeBrincat scored a power-play goal and led the Blackhawks with five shots in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Flyers.
Impact: DeBrincat one-timed a rocket from the slot past Philadelphia netminder Carter Hart to tie the game at 3-3 with just 13 seconds left in the third period. The 21-year-old followed up his 28-goal rookie season with a 41-goal breakout year in 2018-19 and picked up right where he left off in Friday's season opener.
News: Smith (back) is in the projected lineup for Friday's matinee matchup with the Flyers, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports.
Impact: Smith was dealing with a minor back issue towards the end of training camp, but he was never in real danger of missing Chicago's season opener. The 31-year-old, who notched nine goals and 28 points in 70 games with the Senators last year, will skate with Ryan Carpenter and Drake Caggiula on the Blackhawks' fourth line Friday.
News: Chicago recalled Gilbert from AHL Rockford on Friday.
Impact: Gilbert traveled with the Blackhawks for Friday's Global Series game against the Flyers, which will take place in Prague, so he was never truly assigned to the minors. With Calvin de Haan (shoulder) sidelined, the 22-year-old will get the opportunity to fill a bottom-pairing role against Philadelphia. Once de Haan's cleared to play, Gilbert will either be sent to the AHL or relegated to a rotational role as the team's seventh defenseman.
News: De Haan (shoulder) won't play Friday against the Flyers, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Impact: De Haan, who's still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, has been practicing with his teammates for several weeks and was essentially a game-day decision for Friday's contest, so he'll almost certainly be ready to rock when the Blackhawks return home for Thursday's matchup with San Jose. For now, Dennis Gilbert will fill in on Chicago's bottom pairing.
News: Crawford will guard the cage in Friday's season opener against the Flyers in Prague, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Crawford struggled behind a porous Chicago defense last season, posting a 14-18-5 record with a 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage in 39 appearances. The veteran netminder registered an impressive 2.27 GAA and .929 save percentage in 2017-18, so last year's performance represented a massive drop-off. However, the Blackhawks made a concerted effort to improve their defensive corps during the offseason, and Crawford is expected to split starts with new addition Robin Lehner, which could be the perfect recipe for a bounce-back performance. The Montreal native will look to pick up his first win of the 2019-20 campaign in an overseas matchup with a Philadelphia team that averaged 2.94 goals per game last season, 18th in the NHL.
News: DeBrincat secured a three-year, $19.2 million contract with Chicago on Thursday.
Impact: DeBrincat's deal includes a $9 million salary in the final year, essentially protecting him in the case of a qualifying offer from the team. After racking up 69 goals and 59 assists in his first two years in the league, the Michigan native clearly has earned a pay bump heading into the 2020-21 campaign. If he can continue to produce at the same level this season, the Blackhawks will consider his $6.4 million AAV a bargain.
News: Dach (concussion) will begin the season with an injured/non-roster designation.
Impact: Dach definitely won't play in Friday's regular-season opener against Philadelphia, but it looks like the Blackhawks are planning on at least giving him a nine-game tryout before shipping him back to the juniors once he's healthy. Chicago should release another update on the 2019 third overall pick's status once he clears the NHL's concussion protocol.
News: Quenneville (hip) will begin the 2019-20 campaign on injured reserve.
Impact: Quenneville is technically still with the big club after being waived Thursday, but that's only because he's evidently still dealing with the hip injury he suffered during preseason play. Once healthy, he'll be shipped to AHL Rockford.
News: Murphy (groin) will begin the 2019-20 season on injured reserve.
Impact: The Blackhawks will take on the Flyers in Prague for their regular-season opener Friday, and then won't play again until Oct. 10 against San Jose, so it's quite possible that Murphy only ends up missing a single contest due to his groin injury. Either way, the stay-at-home blueliner has never tallied more than 17 points in a single season since becoming a full-time NHLer in 2014-15, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
News: Murphy (undisclosed) may not play in Friday's season-opener versus the Flyers, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks are currently in Europe as part of the NHL Global Series, but Murphy hasn't skated yet on the trip. They'll kick off the regular season with a game against the Flyers in the Czech Republic, and Murphy's not a lock to be in the lineup. It's not clear exactly what's bothering him. If he can't go, he'll have an extended rest ahead of the Blackhawks' next contest on Oct. 10 versus the Sharks.
News: Gilbert was assigned to AHL Rockford on Monday.
Impact: Gilbert made his NHL debut last season in a 4-3 shootout win over St. Louis on April 3, logging a game-high six hits and a two-minute minor penalty over 12:46 of ice time. The New York native was originally drafted by Chicago in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and will now head back to AHL Rockford to continue developing.
News: Dahlstrom was waived by the Blackhawks for the purpose of reassignment Monday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: Dahlstrom suited up in 38 games for Chicago last year, dishing out six assists and recording a plus-9 rating. The 25-year-old blueliner couldn't crack the big club's lineup after the Blackhawks traded for Calvin de Haan (shoulder) and Olli Maatta this offseason. If Dahlstrom clears waivers, he'll begin the season with AHL Rockford.
News: Lehner (undisclosed) will split time in net with Corey Crawford for Sunday's game against Eisbaren Berlin, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: As part of the NHL's global series, the Blackhawks will play an exhibition in Berlin, with both Crawford and Lehner tending twine for the game. Lehner suffered the injury during practice last week, but as evidenced by this news, seems to have return to full health. Corey Crawford is already expected to be the team's started for Opening Night, but this news means the team won't have to call-up depth behind him now that Lehner is healthy.
News: The Blackhawks placed Quenneville (hip) on waivers Thursday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Quenneville has been unable to practice with his teammates for the past week due to a hip injury, but that didn't impact his chances of making Chicago's Opening-Night roster, as he was always expected to begin the year with AHL Rockford. The 23-year-old will probably get a few call-ups throughout the campaign, but he'll spend most of his time in the minors, so he can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
News: Saarela was assigned to the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate Wednesday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Chicago is trimming down its roster with the regular season around the corner and is down to 28 men after reassigning Saarela and Adam Boqvist to Rockford. Saarela has yet to play a minute in the NHL so he profiles as organizational depth for Chicago at this stage.
News: Boqvist was assigned to AHL Rockford after Wednesday's preseason game, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks trimmed their roster down by two players Wednesday, sending Boqvist and Aleksi Saarela down to the AHL with just over a week until the start of the NHL campaign.
News: Smith (back) didn't practice Wednesday.
Impact: At this point there's no reason to believe that Smith's dealing with anything serious, but he'll miss Wednesday's preseason matchup with Washington at a minimum. Another update on the veteran forward will likely be released once he's cleared to rejoin the lineup.
News: Head coach Jeremy Colliton said Lehner's undisclosed injury isn't considered serious, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Colliton didn't elaborate on the nature of Lehner's injury. The report doesn't make it sound like Lehner's chances of being ready for the season opener Oct. 4 versus the Flyers are in jeopardy, but his practice status will likely be monitored until then. Corey Crawford is expected to be the starter on Opening Night, so the Blackhawks may call up Collin Delia as his backup if Lehner isn't ready.
News: Dach (concussion) will make the trip to Europe for the Blackhawks' preseason finale and regular-season opener, but he's not expected to play in either game, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Dach, who was diagnosed with a concussion on Sept. 13, has been skating on his own recently, but he has yet to return to practice with his teammates and doesn't appear to be particularly close to receiving medical clearance. The fact that he's going to travel with the Blackhawks for their pair of overseas contests suggests he may get a look with the big club once he's deemed fit to play, but at this point, all signs point to the 2019 third overall pick returning to the WHL for the majority of the upcoming campaign.
News: Lehner exited Tuesday's practice after suffering an undisclosed injury, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: Lehner's injury isn't believed to be overly serious, but he'll almost certainly miss Wednesday's preseason matchup with Washington. The 28-year-old Swede is poised to split the load in goal with Corey Crawford this season.
News: Lehner will start between the pipes and play the entire game Saturday against the Bruins, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Lehner was a little shaky during his preseason debut Tuesday against Detroit, surrendering two goals on 17 shots. The 28-year-old Swede will look to bounce back and pick up his first win as a Blackhawk on Saturday.
News: Quenneville (hip) won't be available for Saturday's preseason game against the Bruins.
Impact: Quenneville will miss a second straight game due to his hip injury and remains without a clear-cut timetable for his return. Once healthy, the 23-year-old forward will be shipped to AHL Rockford.
News: Dach (concussion) skated on his own Friday.
Impact: Friday marked the first time Dach has hit the ice since being diagnosed with a concussion last Friday. The third overall pick from the 2019 draft will need to return to practice with his teammates before being cleared for game action, so he'll have to wait for Wednesday's matchup with Washington for his next chance to make his preseason debut. At this point all signs point to Dach returning to the WHL for the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Quenneville won't play Wednesday against Detroit due to a right-hip injury.
Impact: At this point there's no reason to believe that Quenneville's dealing with anything overly serious, so he'll likely be reevaluated ahead of Saturday's exhibition matchup with Boston. Either way, the former Devil isn't expected to make the Blackhawks' Opening Night roster and can safely be ignored in all fantasy formats.
News: Crawford (groin) will start in goal and play the entire game Wednesday against the Red Wings, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: Crawford missed last year's season finale due to a groin injury, but he's now fully healthy and ready to shake the rust off ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. The 34-year-old had a down year in 2018-19 behind a porous Chicago defense, compiling a 14-18-5 record while posting a 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage in 39 appearances, but the Blackhawks made a concerted effort to improve their defense this offseason, adding Olli Maatta and Calvin de Haan via a pair of trades, setting Crawford up for a potential bounce-back campaign. However, the team also added Robin Lehner via free agency, and the two netminders are expected to split the load pretty evenly, so Crawford will probably only make 40-45 starts this season.
News: Lehner will get the start in goal in Tuesday's preseason matchup with Detroit, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Lehner will get his first taste of game action with his new club after joining the 'Hawks on a one-year deal as an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 28-year-old Swede, who compiled a 25-13-5 record while posting a highly impressive 2.13 GAA and .930 save percentage in 46 appearances with the Islanders last year, is expected to split the load pretty evenly with teammate Corey Crawford in 2019-20.
News: De Haan (shoulder) practiced with his new teammates for the first time Tuesday since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: De Haan may not crack the lineup during Chicago's preseason schedule, but he appears to be on track to be available for the team's regular-season opener against the Flyers' on Oct. 4. The 28-year-old will undoubtedly improve a Blackhawks defense that gave up 3.55 goals per game last campaign, good for second worst in the NHL, but he's never been known for his offensive contributions, so he won't be a viable fantasy option in most formats in 2019-20.
News: Highmore (shoulder) will suit up versus Washington on Monday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Highmore will get his first taste of NHL action after undergoing shoulder surgery in November. The center will need to put together a strong training camp showing, starting with Monday's preseason tilt, in order to secure a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus the Flyers on Oct. 4.
News: Kurashev (knee/shoulder) practiced with the team Saturday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: Kurashev sat out of Friday's practice after arriving at camp hurt, but his absence didn't last long. Expect the 19-year-old to play in Monday's preseason game versus Washington as he competes for a bottom-six spot with the Blackhawks.
News: De Haan (shoulder) is expected to remain sidelined for 2-to-3 more weeks.
Impact: This is actually encouraging news, as it suggests de Haan may be available for Chicago's regular-season opener against Philadelphia on Oct. 4. The 27-year-old notched one goal and 14 points in 74 games with the Hurricanes last campaign and is expected to slot into a top-four role with the Blackhawks in 2019-20.
News: Kurashev won't practice Friday due to knee and shoulder contusions.
Impact: Kurashev's injury doesn't sound overly serious, so at this point it'd be surprising to see him miss Monday's preseason matchup with Washington. The 19-year-old forward will compete for a bottom-six spot on the big club's roster during training camp, but he'll almost certainly spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign with AHL Rockford.
News: Dach is currently in the NHL's concussion protocol and won't be available for the start of Chicago's training camp.
Impact: Dach was considered a dark-horse candidate to make the Blackhawks' Opening Night roster, but if he's unable to take part in a significant portion of training camp, he'll almost certainly be returned to his WHL club for the 2019-20 campaign. The third overall pick from the 2019 draft racked up 25 goals and 73 points in 62 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL last year.
News: Perlini signed a one-year, $874,125 contract extension with the Blackhawks on Friday.
Impact: Perlini showed some promise as a scorer during his first season with the Blackhawks, potting 12 goals while adding three assists in 46 appearances after joining the team via a trade in late November. The 6-foot-3 winger will slot into a bottom-six role for Chicago in 2019-20.
News: Ward signed a one-day contract with Carolina on Wednesday to retire as a member of the Hurricanes.
Impact: As a 21-year-old rookie, Ward went 15-8 with a 2.14 GAA in the 2006 playoffs to help the 'Canes lift Lord Stanley's cup on his way to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. The veteran netminder would spend 13 seasons playing in Carolina, in which he posted a 318-244-84 record and .909 save percentage. After playing for the Blackhawks last year, Ward will hang up his pads and call it a career, finishing 23rd overall on the career wins lists.
News: Holm signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Impact: Holm spent the 2018-19 campaign with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL, notching seven goals and 26 points in 61 contests -- a performance that earned him a trip to the league's All-Star Game. The 27-year-old Swede will battle for a third-pairing role during training camp.
News: Kunitz will hang up his skates and join the Blackhawks' staff as a Player Development Advisor.
Impact: Over the course of Kunitz's 15-year NHL career, he played for Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Anaheim, but spent the bulk of his time in Pittsburgh. The gritty winger would lift Lord Stanley's cup four times, as well as winning a gold medal in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics with Team Canada. In all, the 39-year-old recorded 268 goals and 351 assists in 1,022 regular-season contests, plus another 93 points in 178 playoff games.