Blackhawks assign prospect Lukas Reichel to Rockford

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 16: Chicago Blackhawks left wing Lukas Reichel (27) is shown during the NHL game between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, held on April 16, 2022, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danny Murph

The Chicago Blackhawks assigned forward prospect Lukas Reichel to the minors on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was selected by Chicago with the No. 17 pick in the 2020 draft. He made his NHL debut last season and recorded an assist in 11 games.

Sending Reichel back to Rockford puts him in position to play major minutes with the AHL team, instead of a smaller role with the rebuilding Blackhawks.

Forwards Mike Hardman, Cole Guttman, Michal Teply and Josiah Slavin and defensemen Isaak Phillips and Jakub Galvas also were assigned to Rockford.

The moves dropped Chicago’s training camp roster to 33 players.