I said last week how results in the pre-season are largely meaningless and all that matters is the Blackhawks get out of it in one piece. Well, here we are three games in and the Hawks have suffered injuries in possibly every game.
In Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Capitals, it appears as though Jack Skille became the second Badger in as many games unable to make it out of the first period. Skille only played 4:24. What exactly happened, we’ll only have to wait and see. To be honest, whether Skille is hurt or not shouldn’t be a huge deal.
But the Hawks aren’t dealing with injuries in a vacuum. Kris Versteeg is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury and is doubtful for Friday’s game. Dustin Byfuglien is out for the next few days with a sore groin. Marian Hossa is out until November, and Adam Burish is out until March.
If you’re keeping score, that’s two regulars out for an extended period and two others out indefinitely.
You don’t have to be a rosterologist to realize the Hawks are really up against it. Skille was never a realistic option to fill Burish’s spot. However, he is the prime candidate to skate in Versteeg’s spot should he miss any extended period of time. He is, by far, the most skilled of the forwards projected to start the year in Rockford. In a serious pinch, he can skate on the Hawks’ second line but probably projects more as a 3rd line player right now. If he gets to fill in for Versteeg, it will probably be his best chance to prove why he was a top-10 draft pick.
Without Skille, the Hawks would really be trying to make lemonade out of cat piss. Unless watching Colin Fraser play on one of the top 3 lines is your idea of a good time.
It just shows how much damage the cumulative effect these injuries are having on the Hawks – Jack Skille’s health is suddenly important.
Update — Jack Skille did, indeed, leave last night’s game due to a lower body injury. In other news, the Hawks waived Danny Bois and Richard Petiot today and recalled Bryan Bickell and Rob Klinkhammer from Rockford.