The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled right wing Jack Skille from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
Skille, 22, was held scoreless in 5:22 of action on Saturday in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche during his season debut with the club. The seventh overall pick in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Skille registered one goal in three North American preseason games with Chicago before being held scoreless in the team’s two contests in Zurich, Switzerland as part of the Victoria Cup. Last season, he recorded one goal and five penalty minutes in eight regular-season games over two stints with the Blackhawks, which includes appearing in the squad’s first six regular-season matchups from Oct. 10 to 19.
The Madison, Wisconsin, native spent the majority of the 2008-09 season with Rockford, tying for second on the squad with a career-high 20 goals and finishing fourth with a career-best 45 points in just 58 games. Overall, Skille has appeared in 25 games with the Blackhawks over the last three seasons (2007-09) collecting six points (4G, 2A).
The Blackhawks (2-1-1) host the Calgary Flames at the United Center on Monday at 7:00 P.M. The game can be seen locally on VERSUS and heard on Chicago’s WGN Radio 720. Monday marks the Blackhawks’ second of an NHL-high nine national appearances on VERSUS during the 2009-10 regular season.