The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled center Tim Brent from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. In addition, the Blackhawks have reassigned right wing Jack Skille to Rockford.
Brent, 24, was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenseman Danny Richmond on July 17, 2008. The Cambridge, Ontario, native ranks second on the IceHogs with 19 goals and 31 assists in 50 games this season, averaging over a point per contest (1.04). His 19 goals are a professional career high.
A fifth-year pro, Brent has recorded one goal and six penalty minutes in 16 career National Hockey League games, which includes being held scoreless in one appearance with Pittsburgh last season. He also skated in 15 contests with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2006-07 campaign.
Brent notched professional career in assists (43) points (61) and penalty minutes (79) in 74 regular-season matchups with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season. He shared the AHL lead with 12 goals and tied for third overall with 27 points in 23 postseason games last year to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reach the Calder Cup Finals. Overall, he has tallied 183 points (73G, 110A) and 246 penalty minutes in 253 career AHL contests.
Skille, 21, has appeared in eight games with the Blackhawks this season over two recalls, posting one goal and five penalty minutes.