Kruger, Montador on IR; two recalled

January, 4, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Dylan Olsen and forward Andrew Shaw from Rockford of the AHL while placing Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador on injured reserve.

Olsen, 21, was the Hawks first round pick in 2009. He has one goal, one assist and 38 penalty minutes in 30 games this year with the IceHogs in his first full professional campaign.

Shaw just signed an entry level contract on Tuesday as the Hawks fifth round selection in this past summer's draft. He has 12 goals and is third with 21 points in 33 games with Rockford. He ranks second on the club with 80 penalty minutes.

Both Olsen and Shaw practiced with the Hawks on Wednesday for the first time this season before the team flew to Philadelphia.

"[I'm] a hard-nosed defenseman that can shut down the other teams top lines and take the body and make good plays," Olsen said. I like the physical part of the game. If I have to be a little bit of a (expletive) out there, I have no problem doing it."

The Hawks have had a successful history of bringing up defensive prospects mid-season. Three years ago they recalled Niklas Hjalmarsson while last season Nick Leddy came up in January. Both excelled.

"He looked good in practice," Quenneville said of Olsen. "The depth of our organization, it's something we wanted to give it a try. With Monty [Steve Montador] being out [injured] on the right side, he played well in that position. I like the way he can skate, his size, I like his presence. We're going to see how he does."

Shaw was even more excited to join the Hawks as a player just drafted this past summer. He lined up with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp on the Hawks top line. He was asked if playing with two top players would help his in his debut.

"It does and it doesn't," Shaw said. "I'm going to be a little nervous but playing with great players, they'll make great plays and make me look good."

Shaw has an edge to his game the same way the man he's replacing, Carcillo, does. In fact the two briefly fought in training camp.

"[Philadelphia] fans will probably be all over me just because my style of play but I'm pretty excited," he said. "I can't wait."

Shaw called it the most "exciting day of his life" when he got the call to come to Chicago from the AHL. It came hours after signing a three-year contract.

"He's one of those guys that can do a lot of things for us," Quenneville said. "He's a smart player, he can score goals, he can play hard. I'm sure he's excited about getting that first one under his belt. We don't want to change his game, whoever he plays with. I'm sure we'll enjoy his energy."

Ray Emery will start in goal against the Flyers, a team he played for in 2009-2010.

Kruger has missed the past three games and four of five after suffering a concussion while Montador has an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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