Brandon Pirri, who had an assist against the Penguins last night, was safe from today’s round of Blackhawk roster cuts.
Pirri was the AHL’s leading scorer last season but has faced a lower-body injury during camp.
The Blackhawks announced today they have assigned forwards Terry Broadhurst, Drew LeBlanc, Phillip Danault, Byron Froese, and Kyle Beach to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.
Surprisingly, goalie Antti Raanta has been assigned to Rockford as well. LeBlanc has performed well this preseason also.
Joining them will be forwards Brad Mills and Maxim Shalunov. Mills has an AHL contract and Shalunov has a tryout agreement.
This leaves the Blackhawks with 16 forwards, 10 defensemen, and two goalies. There are five cuts left to make.
Remaining with Pirri are forwards Ben Smith, Joakim Nordstrom, Brad Winchester, Jeremy Morin, and Jimmy Hayes, and defensemen Michael Kostka, Ryan Stanton, and Theo Peckham.