The Chicago Blackhawks have reactivated winger Bryan Bickell and sent Jeremy Morin back down to the Rockford IceHogs. For Hawks fans, the news couldn’t get any better. Bickell has been out since November 19 when he crashed knee-first into the goalpost against the Colorado Avalanche. He will travel with the team for Tuesday’s game at the Nashville Predators, but is aiming for a return against the Vancouver Canucks this Friday at the United Center.
For fans and Bickell, this will be a long time coming. While the Blackhawks already have a stacked offense, Bickell’s absence has left a hole in the Hawks’ lineup. His size has been sorely missed on both offense and defense, and he will likely be put on same line opposite Kris Versteeg on the wing.
Prior to his injury, Bickell had six points (five goals and an assist) in 22 games played. He was looking to continue his hot streak after his breakout performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the game-tying goal in that 17-second rally against the Boston Bruins. Bickell’s size and skating made him a good replacement in the hearts and minds of Blackhawks fans, who missed Dustin Byfuglien.
Bickell will no doubt be excited to finally hit the ice against the Canucks on Friday. Look for him to try and make his presence known and bring a little extra to an already-stacked Blackhawks offense. He’s already missed 14 games due to his injury, so he’s itching to get going and be the productive winger he was during the playoffs once again.