Undrafted rookie has 21 goals for Rockford
CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday that they have recalled forward Matthew Highmore from Rockford IceHogs.
The move caps a busy day for Chicago, as the club made a two player transactions ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. The Blackhawks started the day by dealing forward Ryan Hartman to the Nashville Predators followed by a last-minute deal that sent Tommy Wingels to the Boston Bruins.
Chicago also assigned Lance Bouma to Rockford Monday.
Highmore, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has recorded a team-high 35 points (21G, 14A) in 56 games with the IceHogs this season, his first as a professional. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native earned his first AHL All-Star nod, representing Rockford with the Central Division All-Stars. His 21 goals set the IceHogs AHL franchise record. That total shares ninth in the AHL this season.
Highmore has notched five multi-goal games, including two hat tricks, and has four points in his last five games in a Rockford sweater.
Chicago signed Highmore as an undrafted free agent on March 2, 2017. Prior to joining Rockford, he spent five seasons (2012-17) with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he recorded 247 points (90G, 157A) in 289 career games. He helped the Sea Dogs to the QMJHL Championship in 2016-17, leading Saint John in points (89) and assists (55). R.