Calvin de Haan will make his Blackhawks debut on Saturday towards the Winnipeg Jets. And he feels “150 percent” able to go.
“I feel like it’s time to play, it’s time to get in the lineup,” de Haan mentioned. “I want to try and help this team win and I’m just going to do my best to play Calvin de Haan hockey and help the Blackhawks get some wins here.”
The 28-year-old defenseman had offseason shoulder surgical procedure that put him on a four-to-six-month timeline, however a nagging groin damage stored him out of motion for the primary two video games. He skated on the third pairing with Erik Gustafsson at follow on Friday and can exchange Slater Koekkoek’s spot within the lineup.
De Haan’s return will give the Blackhawks their first take a look at a wholesome blue line group and so they’re anticipating him to offer stability on the again finish.
“He plays a very under control game,” coach Jeremy Colliton mentioned. “He makes clean plays. He came up as more of an offensive D-man. He still has that in him to make plays, but he’s efficient with it. He doesn’t try to do too much. That’s part of why he’s good. He defends hard, he’s physical when he needs to be, very under control player, and I think that will help with our D group.”
De Haan, who the Blackhawks acquired in June — together with prospect Aleksi Saarela — for restricted free-agent defenseman Gustav Forsling and goaltender Anton Forsberg, was introduced in to be a defensive-minded presence. He expects to do this, despite the fact that it could take him a bit to get acclimated after getting no preseason reps.
“It’s not the sexiest thing out there but just try to keep it simple and defend hard and just try to be tough on the skilled guys on their team and try and take time and space away,” de Haan mentioned. “Be bodily, it is not about crushing guys anymore and combating, all that type of stuff, however being powerful within the corners and in entrance of the online, that is nonetheless honest sport so simply attempt to do this.
“Things are going to be moving quick out there. I might look slow at the beginning but I’ll just try and keep it simple and just play my game.”