With the NHL free-agent frenzy starting to calm down, the Blackhawks took care of some housekeeping on Monday when they agreed to terms with No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach on a three-year, entry-level contract that carries a cap hit of $925,000.
Similar to what they did with No. 8 overall pick Adam Boqvist last year on July 1, the Blackhawks locked up Dach in an effort to have a more hands-on role in his development going forward. But they still haven't ruled out the possibility that he could make the team out of training camp and they're going to give him every chance to do it.
Because Dach is 18 years old, he's a slide candidate for the 2019-20 season. If he plays in more than nine NHL games, the first year of his entry-level contract will be burned. If he plays nine or fewer, his contract will slide a year.
Dach has spent the last two and a half seasons in the Western Hockey League, where he most recently compiled 73 points (25 goals, 48 assists) in 62 games for the Saskatoon Blades. If he doesn't secure a full-time roster spot with the Blackhawks, he's expected to return to Saskatoon.