With the college season nearing its conclusion, more and more players have become available for NHL teams to sign and the Blackhawks have taken advantage so far.
Just two days after officially signing prospect Dylan Sikura, the Blackhawks signed defenseman Blake Hillman out of Denver. Hillman, a sixth-round pick in 2016, signed a deal through 2018-19 and will report to the Blackhawks wearing No. 55.
Hillman was a junior at Denver, which got knocked out of the NCAA tournament in a quarterfinal on Sunday. This season Hillman tallied three goals and nine assists.
Like with Sikura, Hillman will get a chance to play in the final five games of the season. That means the Blackhawks get a chance to evaluate the 22-year-old and the way the deal is worked, Hillman can hit restricted free agency at the end of next season.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to answer your mailbag questions. Among the questions they tackle: What was your favorite moment from the Blackhawks’ past season and were you surprised that Joel Quenneville didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff?
They also discuss re-signing Vinnie Hinostroza, backup goalie options for Corey Crawford and who do they like in the Jets-Predators second-round series?
Plus, Burish looks at the Penguins roster and sees some similarities to the Blackhawks’ situation and attempts to rebuild a Stanley Cup contender.
Listen to the full podcast right here:
The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.
Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.
The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.
Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.
Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like: