The Chicago Blackhawk have reeled off six straight victories and have begun to find their footing after a slow start, but they made even more news off the ice on Monday as they agreed to a three-year entry level contract with prospect Alex DeBrincat.
DeBrincat, who was Chicago’s first selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, didn’t make the team’s roster out of training camp, but he’s quickly made a name for himself upon his return to the OHL for his junior hockey season. In just 14 games, DeBrincat leads the league with 17 goals and has amassed a staggering 35 points with the Erie Otters, and he is looking to notch a third consecutive 50-goal season in the league.
In 142 career games with Erie, DeBrincat has 119 goals and 121 assists, making him one of the top scoring threats among any NHL prospect that was drafted this season.
The clock won’t start on DeBrincat’s contract until after his OHL season ends with Erie, so he could theoretically join the team later in this season if the Hawks opt to go that route.