The Chicago Blackhawks have just made what would appear to be a relatively minor announcement on the surface of things, but in the process they appear to have confirmed a rather significant injury to one of their main roster players.
First, on Monday morning the Blackhawks announced that defenseman Adam Boqvist would be making his return to the main roster after being sent down to the American Hockey League following a 6 game stint with the Blackhawks earlier this season. The former Blackhawks first round pick has quickly won over fans in Chicago and there have been calls for the Blackhawks to make this move ever since he was sent down, but should the Blackhawks continue to use him they would of course burn a year off of his entry level contract. Of course should they go that route that likely would mean that Boqvist would remain with the main roster for the majority of the season moving forward.
Additionally the Blackhawks announced that Matthew Highmore would be called up from the American Hockey League as well. The 23 year old forward has previously played in 2 games for the Blackhawks this season and this most recent call up appears to be directly related to the next part of the Blackhawks announcement. Highmore had no points in his first stint with the Blackhawks but through 21 games with the Rockford IceHogs this season he has collected 4 goals and 8 assists for a combined total of 12 points at the AHL level.
The big takeaway from today's announcement however was the fact that veteran forward Andrew Shaw has been moved off of injured reserve and has instead been placed on long term injured reserve. This effectively means that Shaw will be out of the lineup until at least after the NHL's Christmas Break has come and gone, signaling a fairly serious injury to the long time Chicago Blackhawks forward. Prior to being injured the gritty winger appeared in 26 games for the Blackhawks in the 2019 - 2020 NHL regular season where he had 3 goals and 7 assists for a combined total of 10 points. Shaw has also racked up the penalty minutes with 33 thus far and boasts a plus minus rating of -4 on the season.