TAMPA – Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could play in Game 2 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; CBC, NBC, TVA Sports), coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday.
If so, van Riemsdyk will play his first NHL game since Nov. 16 when he fractured his left patella blocking a shot in a 6-2 win against the Dallas Stars. He will also make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut on the biggest stage.
What gives Quenneville the confidence to put him right into the spotlight as the team’s fifth or sixth defenseman?
"Probably the way he shocked us, surprised us, when he first came in at [training] camp this year, [and] how well he played for us when he started the season," Quenneville said. "You can look at him a lot of nights, [and] he's out there against top players. He was out there late in periods. He was killing plays, making plays, reliable. He played, surprisingly, to a different level than we anticipated he could get to."