On Friday, two of the Blackhawks’ central division rivals locked up significant parts of their futures.
- Winnipeg announced an eight-year, $49 million deal ($6.125M AAV) with center Mark Scheifele.
Scheifele, 23, was the seventh overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has scored 58 goals with 87 assists over 227 regular season games with the Jets. The 2015-16 season was a break-out year for Scheifele; he recorded career highs in goals (29) and points (61) despite being limited to 71 games.
- Colorado announced a seven-year, $44.1 million deal ($6.3M AAV) with center Nathan MacKinnon.
MacKinnon, who will turn 21 on Sept. 1, was the number one overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has scored 59 goals with 94 assists over 218 regular season games with the Avalanche. In 72 games during the 2015-16 season, MacKinnon posted 21 goals and 31 assists.