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RELEASE: Gustafsson, Lankinen Out of Protocol; Reichel to Taxi Squad

Beaudin also assigned to taxi squad; Gabriel, Hardman, Slavin, Morris and Soderblom assigned to Rockford

by Chicago Blackhawks Communications /

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced the following roster moves:

Removed defenseman Erik Gustafsson and goaltender Kevin Lankinen from COVID-19 protocol and assigned them to the active roster.

Recalled forward Lukas Reichel (LOO-kuhs RIGH-kuhl) to the taxi squad from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Assigned defenseman Nicolas Beaudin to the taxi squad from the active roster.

Re-assigned forwards Kurtis Gabriel, Mike Hardman and Josiah Slavin and goaltenders Cale Morris and Arvid Soderblom to Rockford.

Reichel, 19, was the 17th overall pick in the 2020 National Hockey League Draft. He shares third among AHL rookies and leads IceHogs skaters with 11 goals during the 2021-22 campaign. Reichel's 20 points share ninth among AHL rookies and also leads Rockford. The Nürnberg, Germany native was recently named the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 9 after registering six points (3G, 3A) in two Rockford victories. 

Gustafsson has registered one goal and six assists in 30 games with the Blackhawks during the 2021-22 campaign.

Lankinen has appeared in 11 games with the Blackhawks this season.

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