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Blackhawks add rookies Olsen, Shaw; place Kruger, Montador on IR

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The Blackhawks' precarious injury situation meant change on Wednesday.

The team added rookies defenseman Dylan Olsen and winger Andrew Shaw to their roster, while placing defenseman Steve Montador and center Marcus Kruger on injured reserve.

Montador played through an undisclosed upper-body injury last week, but sat out Monday's loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Coach Joel Quenneville did say after practice Wednesday that Montador "is getting real close."

"He should be on ice real soon," Quenneville said. "He's progressing. We expect him back soon."

But things don't look as good for Kruger. The rookie had a "tough day" Tuesday according to Quenneville as he continues to recover from a concussion. On Wednesday, Quenneville said he was feeling better.

"[Tuesday] wasn't a great day, but he's progressing," Quenneville said.

Kruger suffered the concussion when he was hit in the head by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland on Dec. 20. He missed one game but returned to the lineup Dec. 26 only to see his symptoms return after getting roughed up by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Olsen, 21, was the Hawks' first selection (28th overall) in the 2009 draft. He has one goal, one assist and 38 penalty minutes in 30 regular-season games this year with the IceHogs.

Olsen's numbers may not be overly impressive, but Quenneville praised him during training camp. He was the last blue-line prospect to be cut.

"I got the phone call last night on my birthday," Olsen said. "I couldn't ask for a better birthday present. I'm happy to be back up here with the pro guys."

Shaw said the Hawks and his camp have been working on a deal the past two weeks. He signed his three-year, entry-level deal with the Hawks on Tuesday.

Shaw, the 139th overall pick in 2011, was already with the IceHogs after signing a one-year American Hockey League contract in August. He has 12 goals and 21 points in 33 games with Rockford. He also had an impressive training camp.

Shaw, 20, plays a similar game to that of Daniel Carcillo, who has a left knee injury and is suspended indefinitely for his hit on Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert on Monday night.

"That's what they like from me, so why change my game?" Shaw said. "[I'll] just go out there and play my style of hockey and hope it works out."

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