After a lackluster showing in the great state of cheese to the North, the Blackhawks made a few roster decisions that fans need to be aware of.
If you have been following along, I made a point previously saying that this year’s roster has little to no room for rookies.
So far, that seems to be how things are shaking out.
Kevin Korchinski – Assigned to Seattle WHL
It needs to be acknowledged how skilled Kevin Korchinski looked during his stint with the team. His poise and confidence with the puck were that of a 12-year NHL veteran, not an 18-year-old rookie.
The 7th overall pick in this past draft drew a ton of attention from fans and will be an absolute stud in due time.
His efforts quarterbacking the power play is a sign of life that we honestly haven’t seen in years. I look forward to seeing him slot back in in the future.
The re-assignment to his was fully expected and will allow for him to grow as a player and person.
Also, how about this beauty of a stretch pass that led to a goal for Lukas Reichel? This duo has all the making to be SPECIAL.
Kevin + Lukas 👀 pic.twitter.com/ceYuDdwq0S
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) September 28, 2022
Arvid Soderblom – Assigned to Rockford AHL
This move comes as no surprise given the offseason signings of goaltenders Petr Mrazek and Alex Stalock.
Soderblom was only given the nod once this preseason, playing against his younger brother Elmer and the Detroit Redwings.
He impressed, stopping 26 of 28 shots and leading his team to their only win so far this preseason.
Soderblom is the next man up if any goalie goes down for the Hawks. I fully expect him to be called up plenty of times throughout the season.
Samuel Savoie – Assigned to Gatineau QMJHL
The one-man wrecking crew that is Samuel Savoie was assigned to his junior team after an impressive preseason showing with the big club.
Hawks fans are going to love what Savoie will bring to the table in the future.
The clone of Andrew Shaw didn’t register a point in his preseason but made his presence felt with a whopping eight hits in his first two games.
Similar to Korchinski, he will have plenty of time to develop his game before his services are needed from the Hawks.
For now, enjoy our future junkyard dog showing the Wild what he’s made of.
Savage Savoie pic.twitter.com/hAKHxZ4Ytv
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) October 3, 2022
Professional Hockey In Wisconsin
I wanted to quickly touch upon the game between the Hawks and Wild yesterday in Milwaukee.
The state of Wisconsin welcomed the NHL back for the first time in over 29 years and fans absolutely showed out.
Events like these are always great for growing the game especially in a market such as Milwaukee.
Although the product on the ice wasn’t phenomenal, I hope it distracted the great people of Wisconsin from another 20-year-long streak that was broken this past weekend.
Cheers to you, Badger fans.
The roster has officially been trimmed to 42 players, leaving more speculation in regards to who will be next.
The Blackhawks will take on the Avalanche nine days from now, where they will only have 23 players on the roster.
I will continue to provide updates as the re-assignments continue.