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Blackhawks sign undrafted free agent forward Matthew Highmore to three-year deal

Blackhawks sign undrafted free agent forward Matthew Highmore to three-year deal

The Blackhawks added to their organizational depth Thursday, announcing the signing of forward Matthew Highmore to a three-year contract.

The move comes just one day after the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League lost their three top scorers — Spencer Abbott, Sam Carrick and Mark McNeill — after they were dealt before Wednesday's trade deadline.

Highmore is a 21-year-old undrafted free agent, and is setting career highs in his fifth season with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs.

He ranks second on the team with 32 goals, and seventh in the league with 82 points through 58 games so far this year. He also had nine goals and 11 assists in 17 playoff games a season ago.

The 5-foot-10, 187-pound forward has amassed 88 goals and 152 assists in 283 career contests with the Sea Dogs, and has been teammates with Nathan Noel, the Blackhawks' fourth-round pick in 2016, for the past four seasons.

Highmore is a known to be a two-way player, and possesses offensive skills to make an impact on both ends of the ice.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Should Kane & Toews continue to be on the same line?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Should Kane & Toews continue to be on the same line?

Host Pat Boyle is joined by Hawks insider Charlie Roumeliotis, and NBCS Chicago producer Slavko Bekovic as they debate the nuclear line of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, have the Hawks found their identity as a team, predictions for the next few games as the Hawks head to the bye week.

(1:00) - Hawks forced to use Kane and Toews on the same line

(6:15) - Dominik Kubalik is doing well with Kane and Toews

(9:55) - Colliton doesn't have a healthy roster right now

(14:12) - What is the identity of this team?

(17:18) - Maybe the Hawks have a chance at a Wildcard spot

(20:24) - Kirby Dach is getting opportunities on the power play

(23:48) - How will the Hawks play vs the Panthers and Joel Quenneville?

(26:30) - Predictions on the next few games

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: