I'm not sure what this means but the Chicago Blackhawks recalled 7 more players on Thursday according to the roster on their website. This combined with the 4 they recalled earlier in the week makes 11 players total.
The difference between the 2 sets of call up this week is that the first 4 were mostly veteran while this recent callup are the kids. One interesting name that was not on the list of call up is Kyle Beach, who was the Hawks first round pick in 2009.
The most interesting name on the list is Jeremy Morin who hasn't played since January after suffering a concussion. He is joined by Rob Klinkhammer and Brandon Pirri as guys who have been up with the big club at some point this season. Pirri played in one game which just happen to be the home opener when the banner was raised. He was a -1 with 1 shot on goal. Morin played in 9 games collecting 3 points (2 goals and 1 assist), if it wasn't for the concussion we probably would have seen him rejoin the big club a month or 2 ago. Third and finally how could you forget Capt Klink. I wanted Klinkhammer to stay up with the club just beased on his name but he only played in 1 game and was +1 with 1 shot on goal.
The Hawks also added another goalie. Alec Richards just completed his first full season in the AHL and lead the team with 2 shutouts. They now have 4 goalies on the roster with Crawford, Turco and the earlier recalled Toivonen.
The final trio of the recalls are three very promising young defensemen who might be challenging some of the current Hawks for playing time in the next year or two. Ryan Stanton and Shawn Lalonde are both 21 while Brian Connelly is the old man of the group at 24. He and Klinkhammer are the oldest of this group.
I'm not sure if any of these callups will see the ice during the playoffs but I wouldn't be surprised if Morin or one of the more experienced defensemen got the nod if the team continues to struggle.
If Morin and Dave Bolland were both be able to return healthy it could make this Hawks team very dangerous. As of now we will just have to sit back and see what happens but the Hawks sure aren't acting like a team that is planning on playing golf in a week or so. All these callups make it seem like they are planning for another long playoff run. Hopefully they are right because I'd love to see the Bulls and Hawks help us all forget about the 2 struggling baseball teams in town.