• Hawks Extend Rundblad For Two Years

    News: David Rundblad signed a two-year, $2.1 million extension with the Blackhawks on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: The 24-year-old Swede played in a career-high 49 games this season, also setting personal marks in goals (three), assists (11), points (14) and penalty minutes (12). In the postseason, he saw playing time come at a real premium, as he played in only five games and averaged 7:29 of ice time. He should remain on the Blackhawks' third defensive pairing in the 2015-16 season as he continues to develop.
  • Hawks' Rundblad Expected To Draw In For Game 6

    News: David Rundblad is expected to play Wednesday in place of Kimmo Timonen for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: David Rundblad is taking warmups and is likely to be paired with Johnny Oduya for Game 6. He hasn't played in this series since Game 1, where he was on the ice for one goal-against as the Blackhawks dropped the series opener.
  • Hawks' Rundblad To Replace Rozsival

    News: David Rundblad will replace Michal Rozsival, who fractured his left ankle Thursday, on the Blackhawks' blue line to open the Western Conference Final, CSN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville is going with the more offensive defenseman, as Rundlbad had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games in the regular season. He'll probably be rusty, though, as he hasn't skated since April 11. David Rundblad should assume Rozsival's typical 15 to 18 minutes in the opening game, as Quenneville has been giving heavy minutes to Chicago's top four defensemen.
  • Hawks' Rundblad Returns To Lineup Tuesday

    News: David Rundblad will be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Wild, CSN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: David Rundblad has been in and out of the lineup recently; he was most recently a healthy scratch Sunday against the Blues. Kimmo Timonen's upper-body injury will open up a spot in the lineup for Rundblad's return, but it shouldn't be taken as an indicator that the 24-year-old will be able to hold down a regular role going forward.
  • Hawks' Rundblad Healthy Scratch Sunday

    News: David Rundblad is expected to be a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Jets as he has been recently shuttled in and out of the Blackhawks' lineup, CSN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: After starting out impressively in the first half of the season, David Rundblad has cooled off and has only one point in his last eight appearances. His last point came on February 26 with an assist against Florida. Despite cooling off, this is his best season in his four years playing in the NHL with three goals and 10 assists in 45 games.
  • Hawks' Rundblad Continues Career Season

    News: David Rundblad registered his 10th assist of the season Thursday in the Blackhawks' 3-0 victory over the Panthers.
    Analysis: David Rundblad has three goals and 10 assists in 40 games for the Blackhawks in his first full season for Chicago after coming over from Arizona. It's his best season by far for the 24-year-old defenseman in his sixth NHL season. Rundblad only had a goal and eight assists in five previous seasons with two other clubs where he was shuttled between the NHL team and the minor leagues. After being a healthy scratch on Feb. 20, Rundblad has collected a pair of assists in his last four games.
  • Hawks' Rundblad Making His Mark In First Half

    News: David Rundblad has been showing some good stuff in the first half as one of the last pair of defensemen on the Blackhawks, Hawks general manager Stan Bowman told ESPN Chicago.
    Analysis: David Rundblad scored goals in back-to-back games earlier this week and has collected three goals and six assists in 27 games this season. The games skated is the most in his six seasons in the NHL, including stints with Ottawa and Arizona. Bowman gave Rundblad raves so far this season, but it will be interesting once rookie defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk returns from a leg injury which could be as early as mid-February. "I think David has probably grabbed the reins the most of all those guys," Bowman said. "He's (Rundblad) really shown he's kind of emerged as a guy that's getting more comfortable. He's always had the talent. I think as a young defenseman it's trying to gain the game-to-game confidence. He's moved from the left side to the right side. Having not only not played the left side much, that was an adjustment for him, but I thought he got pretty good at it."
  • Blackhawks' Rundblad Scores In Second Straight

    News: David Rundblad nabbed a goal in his second straight game Wednesday against the Penguins.
    Analysis: David Rundblad has only attempted four shots during those two contests and had just one goal in his previous 25 games, so it's probably not worthwhile to make to much fanfare about the rise in production. If nothing else, though, it may solidify Rundblad's spot in the Chicago lineup over Tim Erixon.
  • Rundblad Scratched By Chicago

    News: David Rundblad is among Chicago's scratches Sunday against the Stars, ESPN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: With David Rundblad out, Tim Erixon is slated to be paired on the blue line with Michal Rozsival on Sunday.
  • Chicago's Rundblad Beginning To Thrive

    News: David Rundblad supplied an assist in Monday's win over the Predators.
    Analysis: The 24-year-old has contributed a goal and two helpers over his last four games, allowing him to solidify a regular spot on the Blackhawks' third pairing. David Rundblad's limited NHL track record makes it unlikely he'll be able to sustain that production, however, so it's probably too early to make much out of the relative scoring outburst.