Blackhawks Sign Chad Krys

On Monday the Blackhawks announced the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Chad Krys on a three-year, entry-level contract that runs through the 2021-22 season. According to the release the deal has a $925,000 AAV.

Krys, who will turn 21 on April 10, will report to the Rockford IceHogs.

The Blackhawks originally drafted Krys in the second round (45th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He posted 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 30 games during his third and final season at Boston University.

24 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Chad Krys

  1. Nice to see guys man up and sign with the team that drafted them. Hayes? Hayes? Then be a bunch of pussies. Gold digging W****.

  2. Yay. Another smallish dman who is a lightweight when it comes to physical play but loves to join the rush.

    Like we havent drafted enough of those.

  3. A couple of seasons ago there was no high end defensive prospects in the system now there are lots in the cupboard. This is a solid signing. Hopefully next season we get to see guys like Krys, Mitchell, Beaudin and Carlsson get some audition time in Chicago. Boqvist back another year in London to bulk up a bit and learn to be better all around player. Jokiharju in a full time role.

  4. I’m not concerned about the over abundance of the same type of defenseman. Redundancy of this type protects you against injury and busts. It also gives you a well to draw from to make trades to strengthen other areas of weakness. I don’t think the plan is for all of them to become Hawks but rather keep the best of them and trade the others for what the Hawks need.

  5. Krys is kind of a tweener. He does not have the offensive upside of the other leading prospects but he is not exactly a defensive stud either. That said, there are no guarantees the other guys pan out. If he can develop at the Rock then he should at least be worth something in a trade.

  6. Loved your comments, Morrison. Can’t stand these weasels who refuse to sign with the team that drafted them.

    I also can’t understand why the teams cannot make them a qualifying offer and retain them as an RFA like they can a player that DID do the right thing and sign a contract. There should be a min amount for the Qualifying offer by draft round and or position.

    The “genius” who negotiates the CBA listening?

  7. I was hoping that we would hear something about Dominik Kubalik now that his Swiss League team has been eliminated from the playoffs. It would be nice to get him signed and into a few games to see how he looks before the off season starts. The NCAA playoffs start this week so depending how their team does – Mitchell and Barratt may become available to be signed within the next week or so.

    Only 7 regular season games left – looking forward to watching the boys play tonight. I hope whatever has been plaguing Kane is past and he can still take a run at besting his personal scoring totals.

  8. Shaw was traded for 2nd round picks who became DCat and Krys. Give Stan credit. He has made mostly good trades the past three years.

    Loags is right that the Hawks have stockpiled smallish d-men. Trade one or two for a larger/stronger forward prospect.

  9. ER – Another NCAA player who may sign once his team is eliminated is Ryan Shea. He is often overlooked but is a top pair d-man for Northeastern who has had an excellent year. He was a 4th round pick but is bigger (6’1 – 190) than the other prospects.

    I saw that Rockford signed Fred Olafsson to a tryout contract. He had a decent, not great career at Omaha and I would have been surprised if he was signed by the Hawks.

  10. Espo, yea it doesnt make any sense why. You have a fixed expansion draft, to have a ‘different’ kind of expansion draft. When every/not anyone specific, should suck for at least 5 yrs then earn your way to become a top 10 team. Not have it handed to you.

    You understand the idea of excitement and stuff, but every other team in the history of hockey (ie MON getting first 10 picks every yr, then other teams drafted players for the first how? many decades in hockey history) had to earn there way up from scratch. That shouldnt ever change.

    They still could have got rid of two teams instead of add, but at least make those teams that lose the most money/over a period of several yrs-to be fair, move to better markets. You could say, well theres only one team in the SW, ok but theres two in FLR so FLR goes to QC.

    I mean at least get it better, then add more teams and have it fixed like that. I am ok with a team in bad market but more then one.

    Anyways you know what I mean.

  11. Not expecting big thing from Krys as I am from the Four Horsemen. I do hope he gets good and gets to play, even if shorter time length, in CHI. At least until were so deep on D that he cant stay even as a 7 or 8.

    I want this for every guy we draft, and who evers good thats ok. Just have enough good players make it. No pressure.

    Espo, thanks donot mean to be myself too much but some are moar prouder of the blackhawks then others, without over doing it.

  12. JC’s lines are inexplicable. Really! Getting the Coach Q syndrome. One or two loses doesn’t mean a new set of lines. Stick with what worked. You don’t have a full CUP roster so make sure your top six are together.
    Bottom line, Sikura, Kahun, and Kampf are not able to score. Thus, the team will no get over the humop because when the usual suspects slump, no one is there to pick up the scoring. Thx Bowman!

  13. ER – Scott Powers is reporting that the Hawks are signing Kubalik after the World Championships. Stan Bowman is quoted as saying he expects Kubalik to make the Hawks out of training camp next fall. Hmmm. They are EXTREMELY high on him.

    Also Chad Krys with a gorgeous assist in his first game at Rockford. Btw, the guy everyone wanted instead of Chad Krys, Harvard’s Adam Fox appears to have caught the Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey flu.

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