CHICAGO — The last-place Chicago Blackhawks would be without one of the top defensemen for a while as soon as they decided to advance Henri Jokiharju to Finland for the approaching world junior tournament.
The 19-year-old Jokiharju doesn’t have goals and 11 assists in 32 games in his first NHL season. Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton says he thinks the movement will help Jokiharju’s longterm development. The world junior tournament runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Blackhawks also activated forward Artem Anisimov along with defenseman Gustav Forsling from injured reserve. Anisimov had been sidelined with a concussion, and Forsling was outside with a shoulder injury.
Chicago hosts Nashville on Tuesday night. It’s the first match for the Blackhawks since they placed starting goaltender coreycrawford on IR after he suffered a concussion for the second straight season.