Chicago Blackhawks cut nine players from training camp, the team announced Monday. There are now 20 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders remaining on active roster of the team.
Young defenders Ville Pokka and Erik Gustafsson are the two biggest names to intersect the NHL list. They were assigned to AHL Rockford with Luke Johnson, Tanner Kero, Martin Lundberg, Robin Johansson and Lars Norell. Also, before Chris DeSousa and Jake Dowell were released from their contracts tryout.
The movements seem to solidify defensive corps Hawks beyond the slim chance that cracks Gustav Forsling the roster. As expected before the beginning of training camp, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brian Campbell, Michal Kempny Trevor van Riemsdyk and Michal Rozsival are aligned seven blue liners Chicago.
None of the players sent down are surprising, and with only two preseason games remaining on the schedule, it’s time to start weeding guys for the regular season. Most of the best hopes of the Hawks, as Forsling, Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte and Vincent Hinostroza, remain in the camp, they will continue to be evaluated by team officials.