Chicago Blackhawks fans are sure to recognize the name Jeremy Morin from earlier this season. He was the 22-year-old forward who the Blackhawks called up from the AHL team the Rockford Icehogs form October 25 to November 14.
Well, the familiar face was once again recalled by the Blackhawks organization on Wednesday, November 20. This could mean a few things for the Blackhawks, but of utmost concern would be the questionable status of Marian Hossa, who has missed a total of three consecutive games. As well, Bryan Bickell was taken out of Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Avalanche after sliding into a goal post.
It seems that Morin has been used as a placeholder for injured players, such as when Michal Handzus and Michael Kostka were first taken out of action earlier this season. Morin has earned two assists in six games with the Blackhawks this season. Those numbers may not seem to0 impressive, but it is better than nothing.
Morin has been making a decent run in the AHL where he has 11 points, including six goals and five assists in 10 games. So, the hope is that Morin will be able to translate those numbers out on the NHL ice.
Morin may just be a placeholder, but that does not mean he should not be taking the opportunity to show the coaching staff in Chicago what he is made of. That is the only way he can ever expect to be made a permanent member of the roster in Chicago or with any other organization.