The Chicago Blackhawks will look for some new players to fill out their roster next season after they’re done wheeling and dealing to fit under the league’s salary cap, but they now have another potential contender for a spot. The team signed forward Vincent Hinostroza to a three-year entry-level contract Saturday night.
Hinostroza, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Notre Dame, just completed his second season with the Fighting Irish with 11 goals and 33 assists in 42 games. He racked up 116 shots on goal on the campaign, and he was named as a First-Team All-Hockey East selection for his efforts during the collegiate slate.
Hinostroza will likely have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot with the Blackhawks next season, but it’s more likely he’ll follow the lead of collegiate players like Drew LeBlanc and start out with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL. With his scoring touch, he could potentially accelerate up the totem pole faster than others have, but it all depends on how he looks during training camp next season.
As it stands now, Hinostroza could potentially get a bit of run with the Blackhawks before the season ends (getting in a game or two potentially down the stretch), but he’ll likely be relegated to “black ace” call-up duty before all is said and done.