The Chicago Blackhawks made a few roster moves on Sunday calling up MacKenzie Entwistle and Brett Connolly from the Rockford IceHogs and placing Reese Johnson on injured reserved after getting injured in the team's last game.
MacKenzie Entwistle and Brett Connolly both getting called up is a nice move right now, although I wouldn't have complained about Alex Nylander getting called up either. Entwistle has played in 12 games this season in the NHL and has four points during that time. Connolly on the other hand has spent the entire season with the IceHogs thus far.
With the IceHogs this season Connolly has five goals and 11 points in 16 games. Calling up Connolly is something I am really excited about as I think he has earned the call up after starting the year with those types of numbers with the IceHogs.
This decision also has to be a reflection of what King saw from Connolly during his time with the IceHogs this season. Now he has another player he is familiar with and can use in his bottom six. I do not think he would have gotten this call up if it was not for Khaira and Johnson being injured, but still it is an opportunity for Connolly to be back in the NHL.
We do not know yet when Connolly or Entwistle will crack into the lineup, but one would imagine we could see one of them in the next few games considering how much the team shakes up the lines.
As for Johnson, this is what Blackhawks released in a tweet:
"“Last night, Reese Johnson suffered a fractured right clavicle. He will undergo further evaluation tomorrow when a timeline for his return will be determined.”"- Team physician Dr. Michael Terry
With the Johnson injury, the team is now missing a handful of players. Tyler Johnson got the same neck surgery as Jack Eichel, Jujhar Khaira is out with a concussion, and Henrik Borgstrom and Caleb Jones were both out with illnesses as of Saturday's game against Toronto.