The Chicago Blackhawks are in a bit of a slump. After a hot start, they are starting to look like the team that we thought they were going to be at the beginning of the year. They have one of the league’s worst rosters, and it is starting to show on the ice.
In an effort to continue growing some of their young players, they made an exciting transaction on Friday morning. Ian Mitchell is being recalled and will make his season debut with the Blackhawks on Saturday night against the Boston Bruins.
Mitchell has made his NHL debut in the past and has played in 47 career games. In those 47 career games, he has scored three goals and has five assists for eight points as a defenseman. At 23 years old, the former second-round pick is looking like he is about to take that next step.
He has earned this call as he has been off to a great start for the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL this season. He didn’t play in training camp or the first month of the AHL season for Rockford as he dealt with an injury.
Ian Mitchell has earned this call-up with the Chicago Blackhawks right now.
Since coming back from the injury last week, he has two goals and three assists for five points in three games. All of his points came in the last two Rockford contests as he was still getting his skating legs going in the first one back.
He can contribute a lot to this Blackhawks team. We are waiting for him to break out in the NHL and there are a few signs that suggest that he will soon. It took him a little while but sometimes that happens with high ceiling/low-floor defensemen.
His first NHL game of the season is certainly not going to be an easy one. The Boston Bruins are the top team in the NHL right now in terms of the standings. They are likely just the best team in the league because of how they win.
Mitchell might be sheltered from guys like Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Taylor Hall as much as he can be but it might be difficult on the road.
This is going to be a great chance for him to show his stuff. He is one of the bright young players that this team would love to see take a big step this year. He has a chance here in the coming months to solidify himself as a part of the future.