Blackhawks Ian Mitchell set to miss six weeks with wrist injury

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Ian Mitchell is expected to miss six weeks with a wrist injury, according to The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus.

Mitchell, 23, is a 2017 second-round pick who has seen NHL action the past two seasons. In 2020-21, he played 39 games and scored seven points during that span. Last season, he played eight games with the Blackhawks, recording one assist. He spent most of the season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. In 57 games, he compiled 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points.

When Mitchell is healthy, expect him to make the jump to the NHL full-time. His strong hockey IQ and offensive tendencies will only accelerate his development. He has all the right tools to become one of the top four defensemen in the Blackhawks system.

Additionally, the Blackhawks announced that prospects Colton Dach and Paul Ludwinski have both entered NHL concussion protocol. Dach, who is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens forward Kirby Dach, is expected to return to the Western Hockey League to play for the Kelowna Rockets. Last season he had 50 assists and 79 points in 61 games. Ludwinski will also return to major junior. Its rights are owned by the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.

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