Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Kero, Gustafsson Among Blackhawks Sent Down Monday
Chicago Blackhawks are slowly trimming their roster to size before the start of the new season, and some notable prospects were among those cut from the team Monday morning.
Forward Tanner Kero, expected to compete for a spot in front bottom-six with the Hawks, was among those assigned to the Rockford IceHogs in a series of cuts Monday. Joining him on the list were the defenders Erik Gustafsson and Ville Pokka, who were both hoping to make the blue line of the team this year.
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Gustafsson, who appeared in 41 games for the Blackhawks last season while notching 14 assists, did not make the list after a season in charge for the team. The Hawks have signed Michal Kempny and Brian Campbell as free agents, and also saw the emergence of players like Gustav Forsling on the blue line, and all three of these players are likely over Gustafsson on the graph of depth.
Pokka impacted with Finland during the recent World Cup of Hockey, but he too was a victim by increasing the depth of the blue line of the Blackhawks. In 76 games with the IceHogs last season, Pokka had 10 goals and 35 assists and was one of the first offensive weapons of the team, so he can get a glance whether someone like Campbell down with an injury.
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The Blackhawks also down several other players as their list of peeling continues. Forwards Luke Johnson and Martin Lundberg were also dispatched, as defender Robin Norell and goalkeeper Lars Johansson.
To complete the movement, the Hawks also terminated the tryout agreements forward Chris DeSousa and Jake Dowell.
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Now the Blackhawks have 20 forwards, 10 defensemen and three guards left goal on their list, and they will need to cut at least 10 other players before the regular season starts next week.
Source: Kero, Gustafsson Among the Blackhawks sent down Monday | NBC Chicago http://www.chiblackhawks-jerseys.com/