The Blackhawks were one of the most injury-plagued teams this season, a list that included four players whose seasons were cut short. The NHL's 24-team Return to Play format gave the Blackhawks newfound playoff life, but also an opportunity to get some bodies back for a possible run.
GM Stan Bowman met with the media on a video conference call Thursday for the first time since the league put its season on pause March 12 and provided an update on which injured Blackhawks could join the team for the qualifying round against the Edmonton Oilers and potentially beyond.
— Adam Boqvist (concussion) and Drake Caggiula (hand) are healthy and ready to go. Boqvist, specifically, has been skating in Sweden, where the restrictions aren't as severe as it is in North America.
"They were fine shortly after we stopped playing," Bowman said.
— Calvin de Haan (shoulder) has been skating for a couple weeks now and is expected to join the team for formal training camp on the targeted date of July 10.
"He's probably the furthest along of all of them," Bowman said. "He had his surgery right after Christmas and it was originally a four-to-six-month recovery, so we're pretty much in that timeframe now. And looking ahead to July 10, I would expect him to be ready."
— Brent Seabrook (hips/shoulder), Andrew Shaw (concussion) and Zack Smith (back) are to be determined.
"Obviously, Andrew Shaw, his injury is a little tougher to pinpoint with a concussion as far the healing time on that, so I don't have an update much on him," Bowman said. "Zack Smith and Brent Seabrook, I don't have a definite update on them yet other than they're still progressing through their recovery. We should know more in the coming weeks on both of them."
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