Today, the Blackhawks placed defenseman Steve Montador (upper body) on the Injured Reserve list. Montador was injured in Tuesday night’s loss at Colorado.
In his place, the Blackhawks have recalled 21-year old Dylan Olsen from the Rockford IceHogs.
Olsen played in two games for the Blackhawks (January 5 @ Philadelphia, January 6 vs Colorado) last month and posted four shots on goal. He was held off the scoresheet but also left the Hawks an even plus/minus.
Read our profile on Dylan Olsen published in late December, eight days before his first NHL call up.
In 44 games with the IceHogs this season, Olsen has 4 goals, 3 assists and is a minus-4. Two of his four goals have come in Rockford’s last four games.
Olsen was recalled to the Blackhawks in January also to fill an open slot vacated by an injured Steve Montador. At that time Montador also had what was described as an “upper body” ailment.
Montador’s injury is not believed to be long-term. He’ll miss a minimum of three games and he’d be eligible to come off IR next week before the Blackhawks visit to Madison Square Garden next Thursday night.
The Blackhawks are also currently dealing with a flu bug that kept Bryan Bickell, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy out of practice this week. Its unknown if that bug has spread or if this is simply a decision to play Olsen ahead of the team’s other substitutes, Sami Lepisto or John Scott. After the second game Olsen played in Chicago last month, and before he was sent down prior to a game against the Red Wings, coach Joel Quenneville told the media that he was happy with Olsen’s play and they were looking to get Olsen more minutes.
To replace Olsen in Rockford, the Blackhawks have reassigned 6-foot 7-inch defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin from the Toledo Walleye [ECHL] to the Rockford IceHogs.
A former Maine Black Bear, Danis-Pepin was drafted 61st overall by the Blackhawks in the 2nd round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He is in the final year of his three-year entry level contract.
Danis-Pepin has not played in an AHL game since March 2, 2011, an 8-1 Rockford loss at Houston. In 2010-11 with Rockford, Danis-Pepin appeared in 23 games and was often a healthy-scratch. He scored 1 goal (in his first game of the season, the IceHogs’ second), had 3 assists and was an even plus/minus.
This season with the Walleye, Danis-Pepin has 3 goals and 9 points in 25 games. He’s a minus-2, which is second-lowest among current Toledo defenseman, although Danis-Pepin did miss a month and a half due to injury. He returned to action on January 20th after being injured during a November 30th game against the Chicago Express.
Danis-Pepin is a stay-at-home defender who often killed penalties when he was with the IceHogs last season under head coach Bill Peters.
With Olsen going up, the IceHogs were down to five defenseman, thus necessitating this recall. Rockford signed 34-year defenseman/winger Wade Brookbank to a professional try-out contract last week, but Brookbank has not played since last April and may not be in proper game shape at this point.
The Rockford IceHogs play two games this weekend when they host the Chicago Wolves, both tonight and Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center in downtown Rockford.