Blackhawks Sign Josiah Slavin

On Tuesday morning, Blackhawks forward prospect Josiah Slavin posted an image of him signing his entry-level contract with the club on Instagram. The Blackhawks tweeted the ELC is a two-year deal with a $842,500 cap hit.

Slavin, 22, was originally a seventh round pick (#193 overall) by the Hawks in the 2018 NHL Draft. Listed at 6-3 and 190 pounds, he’s a left-handed shot. He spent the last two seasons at Colorado College. He will sign an ATO and immediately report to the Rockford IceHogs for the remainder of the 2021 season.

His brother, Jaccob, played two seasons on the blue line at Colorado College before joining the Carolina Hurricanes

23 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Josiah Slavin

  1. Good for him, had impressive year and deserved it. Would have been ufa in August if not signed, sounds like he is going to finish this year in Rfd. on an Ato and start his 2 year elc next season.

  2. Question – because he is signing an ATO – does that mean it doesn’t count against the 50 contract limit?

  3. No on the 50. Chicago Steel GM Ryan Hardy has stated that Slavin has the character and work ethic to make himself into an NHL player.
    He’s also a college teammate of Chris Wilke, so breaking in at Rockford should be a bit easier.

    On the downside. Denver’s Slava Demin was on the ice for North Dakota’s tying goal late in the third period and winning goal in OT. Season over. I asked about him recently and it did not sound like the Hawks have any future plans for him.

  4. OMB
    He wrote… (((((more then anything ))))) I want to thank God .
    Good luck with Rockford

  5. @Craig: I was watching Denver a year or two ago to see Mitchell and while he was OK the guy I kept noticing was Demin. Good size, good skater – looked like a real good prospect so I was quite happy when we acquired him. It’s a real crapshoot with these kids.

  6. Got to watch Slavin for all the home games his freshman year (2019-20) but none this year. My take—from performance a year ago—is that he knows how to use his size well and has a very strong skill set, power forward when he brings his A game; if I had to suggest a weakness, it looked like he tended to coast some shifts
    Also got to see Demin playing several times for Denver and as Jordy noted, good size … punished some people, but the rest of his D game didn’t stand out as exceptional, but also not bad; would love to have him in the system too, to see how he develops

  7. From last thread/didnt know if you saw this.

    EBONYRAPTOR
    March 17, 2021 at 9:37 am
    So I was watching the TB/DAL game last night and it was pretty entertaining – not only for the action on the ice but also to watch Dallas wearing one of the worst alternative uniforms ever. They looked like old baseball uniforms from 100 years ago. They weren’t as annoying as their other alternative uniform with the day-glo green stripes but they looked more like pajamas than hockey uniforms.

    But, it was a helluva game with Dallas scoring 2 goals in the last couple minutes to tie the game. TB won in the shootout but Dallas looks to be rounding into shape and I wouldn’t be surprised in they end up in the 4th spot and put the Hawks back into ping pong land. They got Radulov back and I think they’ll get Seguin back before the end of the season too. And, their rookie Jason Richardson is looking very good.

    EBONYRAPTOR
    March 17, 2021 at 9:42 am
    oops – Jason Robertson – not Richardson.

    MORRISON
    March 17, 2021 at 10:06 am
    Didnt Saader play when he was a rookie to.

    I thinkthe thing is not as many really good prospects then to play at once like now and more like that coming.

    MORRISON
    March 17, 2021 at 10:50 am
    We might have a top 5 draft pick yet.

    EBONYRAPTOR
    March 17, 2021 at 9:24 am
    Has any team ever traded the #1 pick in the draft for anything that didn’t also include one of the other top-5 picks? I don’t recall that ever happening – although with the strangeness of the 2021 draft … maybe?

    MORRISON
    March 17, 2021 at 10:51 am
    ER, those alternates look like something you see in arena football in the land of China.

  8. Jordy/49, thats where the/some good ones come from. The more the merryier to keep adding because it is a % of how many make it.

    More = Moar!

  9. Ess and Foo need to be signed to elcs by August or become ufas and Galvas, Lavainen and Moberg need to be signed to elcs by June or they become ufas. Galvas and Moberg probably the only ones who might get an elc. Denim shouldn’t need signed for another year, August 2022 before he becomes Ufa. The other players in Rfd. on tryouts Krutil, Philips and Yetman won’t need signed this year, Krutil as European actually has 3 more years before he needs an elc, other 2 next year. Reichel a strong candidate for elc this year too but has 3 years left to sign one. Vlassic be s9mebody who may sign too but has a couple of years to decide.

  10. Couple of North Dakota,s top players are available as free agents.Top pairing D man and a Center.

  11. We should be looking at a teammate of Slavin’s from CC… Zach Berzolla. He is undrafted but I saw him play several years ago in the USHL a lot and he is a solid D man… Nothing flashy but really calm and terrific first pass out of the zone and defends well. I have not seen him play in four years but he seems to get solid ice time at CC and is a senior.

  12. Don’t know much about Slavin, but there’s certainly a nice floor and maybe some untapped upside worth exploring given his size and the fact that he can provide a bit of scoring..even if his ceiling is a fourth liner, that’s a win from a seventh round pick..nice depth signing as we continue to try and find some size and bite to our bottom six..

    @timw..yes, Jasper Weatherby is the center I think you’re referring to from North Dakota..massive center 6’4” 220 pounds or so, wins a ton of faceoffs.. limited offensively but could be a real problem for anyone else’s top line that has to face him in a fourth line role..definitely someone I hope Stan goes after..he’s a lottery ticket, but the frame and the fact that he’s a natural center provide some nice floor to work with..and Matt Kiersted is the North Dakota defenseman..he’s going to be in demand from a lot of teams because he’s a cerebral defenseman..I can’t speak to his physical skillset since I simply don’t watch a ton of college hockey, but he reminds me of a Beaudin type who processes the game quickly..Stan should at least inquire about him..between the trade deadline, the expansion draft, and a full offseason, who knows? The Hawks may have an opening on the left side of the blueline before next season begins..Stan could also show him how many of our young blueliners have been given opportunities this year..I’m sure he’d like to sign somewhere where he could make an NHL roster out of camp and the Hawks could very easily offer that type of opportunity for him..just keep adding to the pipeline..

  13. @ian, too bad the Hawks aren’t interested in pursuing a contract for Denim..Subban and Commesso are already proving to be a nice return for Lehner, but if Denim had turned into an NHL’er, that would have been a nice bonus to top that trade off..fortunately, the Hawks have plenty of defensemen to work with in the system and they’ll probably add a couple more in July..hopefully, they continue what appears to be a recent trend of looking for size on the blueline..of course, the last couple of drafts could have just been a coincidence and perhaps that’s just how their draft board played out, but I think between Mitchell, Beaudin, Boqvist and Kalynuk (probably Galvas too since all signs point to him being signed), the Hawks have plenty of puck movers for now..but I wouldn’t mind adding another couple of Regula/Vlasic types, either through trade and/or the draft..

  14. Slayer, Jaster Weatherby was drafted by Sharks and not fa. I think Kawaguchi is N. Dakota forward who is a fa. A 5’9″ playmaker winger who is a scrappy player

  15. @ian..you’re right, Weatherby is a junior..I don’t know why but I thought he was a senior this year..my mistake..not familiar with Kawaguchi but I do trust this front office with regards to college free agents and European free agents..they always seem to find a gem or two each year..

  16. Congrats to Slavin and his family,all the kids there seem to be top notch character people, with a younger 16 yr old brother, D man going the same route as Josiah and Jaccob. God Bless that family.

  17. People said a couple yrs ago who would even want to come to Blackhawks since were not one of the two best teams anymore/core getting old-the older ones.

    Now with a top 3 gem/see what that does for you. Along with the young wave we already assembeled. To get more good young prospects here from other teams just because our young wave is getting deeper/more of them.

    That can snowball in the right direction for us.

    They said they wanted to play with 19 88. That was Madden and others. Same thing ehre we can get more then our draft picks to come here because we have a good young wave. Its contagious and we have the room/spots open to get what they want like Slay7 said.

    More = Moar!

    Load young wave.

  18. Hawks should keep and sign Janmark for 2 years I think …this guy is always in a good position and reliable plus he give 100% on every shift
    The young core needs guys like this ….and at 28 years old he is perfect fit for 1-2 more years …a keeper I think

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