Hawks represent fresh start for Rundblad

CHICAGO -- David Rundblad may not get consistent playing time with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he was hopeful it would be in a better situation than where he came from.

Rundblad participated in his first Blackhawks practice on Wednesday after being traded to the team from the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

“This is kind of a fresh start for me,” the 23-year-old Rundblad said. “I didn’t really get a good opportunity in Phoenix. I felt like something had to happen because I need to play games.”

Rundblad played infrequently for the Coyotes this season and appeared in 12 games. He had played in two games since Jan. 1. The Coyotes acquired Rundblad in a trade from the Ottawa Senators in December in 2011. He was originally drafted No. 17 overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2009 and was traded to the Senators for a first-round pick in June of 2010.

Rundblad’s addition gives the Blackhawks eight defensemen on their roster. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is expected to rotate Rundblad with Sheldon Brookbank and Michal Rozsival in the lineup. Quenneville said Rundblad could make his debut against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

Quenneville thinks Rundblad is a similar player to Mike Kostka, who the Blackhawks placed on waivers and was picked up by the Tampa Bay Lightning in February.

“I think they’re comparable maybe offensively,” Quenneville said. “[Rundblad’s] younger. We’ll see. I think offensively he’s got some real nice assets to him, might complement our team.”