Ville Pokka has been waiting for his NHL opportunity ever since the Blackhawks acquired him way back before the 2014-15 season in the Nick Leddy trade with the Islanders. He might finally get his chance Thursday in Winnipeg. The Hawks recalled Pokka from Rockford on Wednesday after placing fellow defenseman Cody Franson on injured reserve, retroactive to this past Saturday. Franson, who suffered an upper-body injury Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres, is eligible to return for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, so Pokka’s stay could be short. Jan Rutta’s status is up in the air after he suffered an apparent head injury Tuesday night, so the Hawks could be down two right-handed defensemen against the Jets.
Blackhawks recall defenseman Ville Pokka, put Cody Franson on IR
Chicago Sun-Times | Dec 13