The Blackhawks have signed Bowling Green defenseman Nolan Valleau to a two-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.
“I want to thank Nolan for his time at Bowling Green,” BGSU coach Chris Bergeron said via BGSUHockey.com. “We wish him well as he transitions into his professional career.”
Valleau, 22, registered two goals and a team-high 17 assists in 39 regular-season games as a redshirt freshman with the Falcons last season. His 19 points ranked second on the team's blue line, and seventh among defenseman in the conference, good enough to be selected to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
The 6-foot-1 defenseman is known for his offensive prowess, but he also isn't afraid to make sacrifices in his own end.
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Valleau finished third on the team in blocked shots (37), and played an important role on the second-ranked penalty kill unit in the country.
Valleau skated with the Blackhawks as a free agent during their developmental camp this summer.
While he will likely spend the season developing in Rockford, it's a nice signing for the salary cap-strapped Blackhawks, who add some organizational depth to their blue line after trading away prospects Klas Dahlbeck and Stephen Johns.