Blackhawks assign Rundblad to AHL

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The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned defenseman David Rundblad to their AHL affiliate in Rockford.

Rundblad had to clear waivers before he was assigned. The 25-year-old has two assists in nine games for the Blackhawks this season. He’s been a healthy scratch otherwise.

A former first-round draft pick who played sparingly in Chicago’s 2015 Stanley Cup run, Rundblad is signed through next season for a cap hit of $1.05 million.

There were reports earlier today that Rundblad, a Swede, could end up playing in Europe. It’s not clear if that remains an option.

Minus Rundblad, the Blackhawks are left with seven defensemen on their active roster.