Chicago Blackhawks defenseman prospect Stephen Johns said Monday he has a left forearm fracture and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Johns suffered the injury during the Rockford IceHogs’ 5-3 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs on Sunday. The IceHogs were eliminated from the playoffs with the defeat.
“Obviously the recent injury is going to change my whole perspective on the summer, my approach to the summer,” Johns told the IceHogs’ website on Monday. “It’s going to be more of a recovery summer than a training summer in my opinion. Hopefully, I can get back to 100 percent and go into camp in the best shape I’ve ever been.”
Johns would have likely been recalled by the Blackhawks on Monday. His IceHogs defenseman teammates Ville Pokka and Viktor Svedberg were recalled on Monday.
"I think on a need basis, you got to look at all your options," Quenneville said of Johns on Monday. "Tough break for him, no pun intended. We saw him play prior to coming out in Game 3 against Grand Rapids. Got a chance to look at him. All the reports were pretty remarkable the type of season he was having. Made tremendous strides and big progress in his game this year. Unfortunate timing."
Johns, a 2010 second-round draft pick by the Blackhawks, suffered an assortment of injuries this season in his first full professional season. He played in 51 of 76 regular-season games and missed time due to three different injuries. His most severe injury was a concussion, which kept him out 19 games.
Johns had four goals and 17 assists and a was plus-30 in the regular season. He had one goal and four assists and was a plus-2 in eight playoff games.
Johns is expected to be among a handful of Blackhawks prospects who will compete for a few spots on the team's NHL roster in training camp next season.