The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned defender Viktor Svedberg to their AHL affiliate the Rockford Ice Hogs on Sunday morning.
Svedberg, who stands a towering 6’8”, was undrafted, beginning his career in the Swedish Hockey League for Frolunda HC. He was signed to a two-year entry level contract with the Blackhawks in October of 2013.
The 24-year-old defenseman was recalled after the All-Star break, but only played in one game for the Blackhawks since – their 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on February 2. In that game, Svedberg recorded an assist, bringing his NHL point total up to three, played almost 14 minutes, and was a plus-1 rating. It was his first game with the NHL club since November 12.
The Blackhawks currently sit atop the Central Division, thanks to the strong play of their second line, including Patrick Kane, rookie sensation Artemi Panarin, and veteran center Artem Anisimov. Anisimov underscored the line’s dominance on Saturday night, putting up four points against the league’s third place team, the Dallas Stars.
With that victory, Chicago widened their lead over the Stars to five points, but still have two points to go if they wish to catch the league-leading Washington Capitals, who play Sunday afternoon. Including Sunday’s contest, the Capitals have six games in hand on the surging Blackhawks.