There wasn't a clear update on injured forward Daniel Carcillo on Wednesday morning. But from what was said, it doesn't sound so good.
Coach Joel Quenenville said the Blackhawks are still "talking about the options" regarding Carcillo, who appeared to suffer a left-knee injury against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. Carcillo went through testing on Tuesday and Quenneville said the team is still evaluating those results. When asked if that meant surgery for Carcillo, Quenneville said, "we'll see."
Carcillo is suspended indefinitely for his hit on Tom Gilbert in that game, but he may be out a while with that injury before he'd serve possible suspension time.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks put defenseman Steve Montador and forward Marcus Kruger on injured reserve, retroactive to their respective injury dates. Quenneville said Montador was feeling better, however, and could be back on the ice soon. Kruger was feeling better on Wednesday after having a tough day on Tuesday.
That opens the door for the Blackhawks' latest call-ups, defenseman Dylan Olsen and forward Andrew Shaw, who was added to the active roster this morning. Olsen, who was paired with veteran Sean O'Donnell at practice, had a strong summer camp and end of training camp. Shaw, who was on the top line with Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews, was also impressive this summer and fall.
Ray Emery will get the start against the Philadelphia Flyers, his former team, on Thursday.
The Blackhawks strengthened their organizational depth Thursday, announcing the signing of forward Nathan Noel to a three-year entry-level contract that kicks in next season and runs through the 2019-20 campaign.
Noel, a fourth-round draft pick (No. 113 overall) in 2016, tied a career high with 24 goals — including six game winners — and added 26 assists for 50 points in 52 games during his fourth regular season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was sidelined for a little more than a month in December and January due to an upper-body injury.
The 19-year-old center has raised his game in the postseason, racking up eight goals and 18 assists in 33 games from 2015-17, including six assists in 12 contests so far during the 2017 QMJHL playoffs. Across four years at Saint John, he amassed 208 points (85 goals, 123 assists) in 242 career regular-season games.
Noel is teammates with forward Matthew Highmore, who leads the Sea Dogs in scoring and was signed by the Blackhawks in March to a three-year deal as an undrafted free agent.
Noel is an undersized forward at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, but he's a fast skater with offensive upside. He'll likely start the 2017-18 season in the American Hockey League with the Rockford IceHogs, who desperately needed scoring last year.
Nick Schmaltz will be joining Blackhawks teammate Trevor van Riemsdyk on Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, the club announced Thursday.
It will be his first career appearance on the U.S. men's national team and third time representing his country in world-championship play, most recently winning a bronze medal at the 2016 World Juniors. He scored two goals and added six assists in seven games during that tournament.
Schmaltz just completed his first professional season with the Blackhawks, where he tallied six goals and 22 assists in 61 games.
After the year ended, he spoke about the possibility of playing for USA in this tournament and what it would mean to him.
"I think it's a great tournament," Schmaltz said. "You get to play with a lot of great players. Look like a lot of great players are going to the tournament, so it's definitely a big stage. It would be a fun tournament."
The roster now includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders. Among the other NHLers going for the Americans: Danny DeKeyser, Noah Hanifin, Jimmy Howard, Dylan Larkin, Anders Lee, Charlie McAvoy, Connor Murphy, Brock Nelson and Jacob Trouba.
Blackhawks forwards Marcus Kruger (Sweden) and Artemi Panarin (Russia) will also compete in the tournament, which begins May 5 and runs until May 21 in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.