came up short in the battle of rookies in their bids to remain on the
The forward was sent to Rockford of the
on Friday as the Hawks activated center
off the injured list.
Smith was battling with
-- and Kruger to some extent -- for a roster spot. The 23-year-old Smith had two goals in three stints in nine regular season stints with the Hawks this season. During the Hawks' 5-2 victory over the
on Thursday night, Smith had no shots on goal in 8 minutes, 15 seconds of ice time.
Meanwhile, both Hayes and Shaw continue to impress as they both scored against the Wild. Hayes has three goals in seven career games while Shaw has two in five. They, along with Smith, were recalled following injuries to Kruger (
(knee and seven-game suspension) and
WGN-AM 720 reported Friday that Carcillo will undergo surgery on the ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Kruger missed his eighth consecutive game with a concussion after being injured Dec. 26 against the
. Kruger, 21, has three goals and seven assists in 34 games this season with the Hawks in his first full
"We’ve got number problems, we’ve got roster problems," coach
said following the Hawks' victory. "(Marcus Kruger) looks like he could be back here, playing on the weekend, so we’ll have to look at some options here, but we’re right at the (roster limit)."
The Hawks didn't practice Friday and were scheduled to travel to Detroit to face the
on Saturday afternoon.