With Jassen Cullimore sent down to the Rockford IceHogs Thursday and Nick Boynton struggling, there is a spot open on the Hawks defense.
And 19-year-old Nick Leddy should fill it.
The Hawks will likely recall Leddy, who just won a bronze medal with Team USA in the World Junior Championships, for Friday's game against the Ottawa Senators.
"I don't know if the timing on that is right [Thursday] at this moment, but it could happen," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice at the United Center.
That's typically Quenneville speak for "yes."
Leddy made the Hawks out of training camp, benefitting from an injured Brian Campbell, and played in six games. He scored his first NHL goal and was a minus-1.
Quenneville continues to juggle his lines. Thursday they looked like this:
Stalberg -- Toews -- Kane
Kopecky -- Sharp -- Hossa
Bickell -- Bolland -- Pisani
Brouwer -- Johnson/Dowell -- Skille
Center Jake Dowell was a scratch for the second game in a row Wednesday against the Stars. It is really baffling, especially since all Quenneville does is praise Dowell's game.
Ryan Johnson and John Scott both played over Dowell against the Stars -- and they barely played. Scott was on the ice for 4:41)and Johnson 4:13.
Surely, Dowell, who is a plus-10, is more useful than that.