Blackhawks Sign MacKenzie Entwistle

On Tuesday morning the Blackhawks announce the organization has signed forward MacKenzie Entwistle has signed a 3-year entry-level contract that runs through the 2020-21 season ($925,000/AAV).

Entwistle, 19, was acquired as part of the seven-player deal that sent Marian Hossa’s contract to Arizona in July. Originally a third round pick (69th overall) by Arizona in 2017, Entwistle is listed at 6-3 and 175 pounds. He has four goals and three assists in nine games for Hamilton in the OHL to start the 2018-19 season.

57 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign MacKenzie Entwistle

  1. I have been following – box scores on all of the Hawk’s kids…

    Entwistle/Kurashev/Nordgren/Kayumov… all doing very well… (my eyes- say Kurashev- is a stud) … sorry I did not get to actually see Nordgren/Kayumov ( not in Camp)

    But highlites and what I read about Nordgren– very similar in ways to D-cat… smaller kid- with average speed… but highlites show- kid Sneaks into dirty areas to find loose pucks- and has skills/patience to finish.

    Ian- Can Hawks call Entwistle/CHL’ers up for few game look?
    Entwistle is better- now- than most bottom 6 guys… and has Heavier shot than all of them… could even work with 8/88- shot/size wise

  2. Good to see, potential as a top 6 power forward, if he can put up offense or could the shutdown center of the future, very good 2 way forward with good speed and size. Wall no, once season begins he is committed to junior team until their season ends. He likely slides this season and his elc would extend until 21 22 seasin then.

  3. Wall he had to be signed before next summer or he would be a free agent, so signing him now just taking care of business likely.

  4. Congrats to him, Like seeing his size and shot and how he develops going forward. Up to 6 players playing in CHL.

  5. The aav is interesting for a 3rd Rd pick. Usually don’t see it that high unless the player would be a sought after free agent (Sikura).

    Once the CHL season ends he could be recalled or sent to the AHL. There is one other scenario where he could be recalled on an emergency basis. It’s happened before but usually it’s a goalie situation. Happened last year with the Knights. He’s tall, but thin. Seen him listed at 183 elsewhere but still. Power forwards are tough to predict.

  6. The $925,000 yearly average could be due to no performance bonuses similar to the elc Hillman, Gilbert and Hayden signed. None have been reported yet anyways. Alot of the undrafted Europeans are like that too.

  7. I saw Entwistle play a few times in last years playoffs against Niagara.
    He was very noticeable with his play. Big body, good along the boards.
    I will see him about 4 times this season, so I will keep everyone posted
    On his progress. Also, Adam Boqvist is on my schedule a few timeswith
    The London Knights. I will provide updates.

  8. Much appreciated Rob!

    Got AAV and base salary confused for a bit. Base of 832 and signing bonus brings aav to 925.

  9. Yeah the maximum elc is $925,000 not counting the dreaded performance bonuses and up to 10% or $92,500 can be given as a signing bonus.

  10. Wall i would add Soderlund in there as sure to see next year. Sikura looks like he is getting it together be up at some point. Plus wouldn’t forget about Highmore, Ejdsell or Noel yet either.

    Beaudin following same program as Jokiharju last season to strengthen himself to make roster next season. Mitchell has been touted as ready for NHL should see him signed. Boqvist won’t be 19 until next August, got the skill, so if he is physically ready that’s some serious talent could be on the blueline next year.

    Hopefully Crawford makes a strong return and looks good heading into next season. Need Nalimovor Delia or Lankinen to show something in the goalie department to strenghten there. Gravel doing well jun├Čors, shutout last game something like 7 and 1 in 8 starts this year with solid save %, well over .900 and solid ga avg. under 2.30 i think. Be a few years away yet though.

  11. Luv Soderlund… Didn’t mention- cuz he isn’t crushing stats yet this year…

    But guy is a Buzz-saw!!! quick and relentless!!! Coaches dream

  12. Wall, appreciate the updates on the kids. I am so engulfed in the big team that I forget that we have young kids that are coming up through the system.

    Nice job, Wall.

  13. Enjoy reading your accounts on the young guys in the system too Wall. Disagree though that Soderland with 2 hilite reel type goals in 8 games isn’t as ?eserving as Kayumov’s 1g and 4a in 16 games are, if stats are your basis. Pretty well same results i would say. I hope your right on Kurashev snd Nordgren, haven’t seen them enough to judge but definitely hear pro and cons on both.

  14. Looking forward to see how the roster shakes out starting Thursday with the expected Crawford return. When Forsling comes back and if fortin is up for a nice long stretch. What does that mean for Forsberg, Martinsen, Davidson will be waived, traded or maybe kept up with Johnson going back to Rockford. Forsling maybe also.?
    I know not the important players or decisions but interesting to me
    none the less,
    I also wonder which prospects the hawks sign after the season.
    From Russia Nalimov probably for sure. The young wingers do they come over to develop or stay home.
    Out of the NCAA have to imagine they try to get Mitchell locked up. Probably Krys. Maybe a chance at shea, massie or Barrett. A long shot on oloffson.
    Chl everyone is a year away. But beaudin, kurasev and gravel locked up early.
    Shl and Liga probably sign soderlund and really no one else as of now.
    Should be interesting.

  15. Whats the AHL caphit pass. Its gone up since 2010. So what would caphit be based on gap to ahl burry.

  16. Great post 92, real interesting stuff. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Forsling and Forsberg moved. If Forsberg slips through waivers he be little more attractive to someone looking for depth in minors.

    Nalimov likely only russian next year, as Altybarmakyan only other one who’s contract up after this season, he only 20 so maybe mutual he stays anothe year . April 2020 for other 2 contracts up.

    Mitchell likely to be with Blackhawks next year but Krys and any other NCAA prospects inked may need a year in Rockford first. There may one or 2 they have to sign or they are FAs next summer but no big names in that group.

    Soderlund for sure and agree any other in Europe outside KHL need to earn elc this year.

  17. 92 just a note on signing chl players you mentioned. Checked it out and looks like Gravel can be signed to an elc and return to juniors with a slide year. Kurashev and Beaudin both turn 20 in the fall before Dec. 31st and have no slides options after this season. So if they were signed and sent back to juniors it would burn as their 1st elc year and they count against 50 maximum in juniors because they are not slide contracts. May influence how they are handled in that regard.

  18. Conversely, because they turn 20 before December 31, they are AHL eligible next year.

    Another note, Anaheim signed defenseman Jake Dotchin. Dotchin had his contract terminated after he showed up to camp out of shape with the Lightning.

    6’3 212. 22 points in 83 games.

    He has to clear waivers because he signed his ELC at age 20 and is now 24

  19. @ Ian thanks for the chl breakdown I always got a bit confused with how the slide year worked. But good knowledge going forward. No hurry then with them going forward. But I like what I’ve seen in the few moments I have and what I’ve been able to read about gravel, kurasev and beaudin. Agreed krys goes to Rockford for at least a year, Mitchell good shot at being with the big club.
    The prospects that I don’t expect to get signed and therefore there rights expire are
    Radovan Bondra(Even on Ahl deal)
    Jack Ramsay (Senior)
    Beau Starrett (Senior)
    Frederic Olofsson (Senior)
    Liam Coughlin (Senior)
    John Dahlstrom (Shl)

    And what a strange place wouter peters is at now. No team. His ushl team let him go.

  20. Thats defimitely an option going to AHL, if they feel they will be ready for callup.
    Maybe make NHL roster out of camp, too. If they feel that another year is needed could go back to juniors and sign elc in spring of 20 and not lose an elc year in minors. Depends on how they see there development.

  21. I think Jake dotchin is a good lower pair dman at worst. My issue with him seems to be what is maturity level and overall committment. Teams just don’t terminate deals on NHL level dmen. He must be a head case for the lightning to say enough is enough.

  22. Ian, to add a little confusion to this… So the magic number is age on September 15th correct? That is considered the players signing age.

    Look at the case of Ryan Hartman. Born September 20th. Signed November 19th.. at the real age of 19. But was 18 on the magic date. His contract was eligible to slide the year it was signed as well his first year in Rockford. Beaudin’s birthdate is Oct. 7th. The problem is the current logjam in Rockford on the back end.

    Kurashev was born Oct 12. Under the Hartman scenario both could have the contract slide twice.

  23. The rule says the exception is if you turn 20 between sept.16 and dec. 31st on the year you sign, the contract doesn’t slide. Hartman is listed as signing his elc when he was still 18 and turned 19 after signing. His waivers signing age is 19. Turning 20 had no impact on his 2nd slide because it wasn’t his signing year.
    Dotchin has the talent but gotta wonder was his attitude would do to dressing room.

  24. Hartman born 9-20-94.

    Drafted. 6-30-13
    Signed ELC 11-19-13.

    Signing age 18…as of 9-15-13.
    Actual age at date of signing. 19

    “An exception to this rule is that if the player is 19 on September 15 of the first year of their contract, and turns 20 between September 16 and December 31, their contract does not slide.”

    “Players who sign at 18 years old are eligible to have their contracted extended for 2 seasons. This extension does not apply if the player turns 20 between September 16 and December 31 in his signing year.”

    They go by the age of the player on 9-15. If they sign them this year, the contract would slide next year as well. Provided they don’t play 10 NHL games. If signed next year the ELC would be burned regardless of where they play.

  25. So starting next essentially 1.1m contracts are free/donot count against the cap if needed to.

    Who said our cupboard wasn’t even half full a yr/yr and a half ago, cant say that now.
    Were have deep full cupboard now.
    It doesn’t matter who,
    two top pair Defenseman and 1/2/0r 3 top 6 players and
    were back to a top 3/5 team again, just like that.

    Might add a free/ufa as well, which we ll have lots and lots of guys on elc for 2-3 yrs before we need to adjust for those contracts.
    Which means very deep and good/top team in a yr to 2yrs.

  26. I spoke to Dominik from Capfriendly about Debrincat last year. Had Debrincat played in Rockford last year, his contract would have slid.

    “The contract slides based Entry Level Signing Age (which we capture at the top of each player page) & not the actual age.”

    ELC signing age is the age of the player on the 9/15 date.

  27. Cap relief on buried contracts is league minimum +375k

    17/18- 650k +375=1.025
    18/19- 650k
    19/20- 700k+375=1.075
    20/21- 700k
    21/22- 750k+375=1.125

  28. Yea, that’s what I mean it wasn’t long ago it was .550
    So that helps if we need it.

    I am sure were fine no matter what.
    Its when we have that many guys going from elc to higher contract/bridge is when we have to decide things.
    Sign bridge. Sign bridge.

  29. Yeah thats right, remember there was quite a discussion on Debrincat. Another thing signing early like Debrincat did and Entwistle too likely, is that the $92,500 signing bonus is payable the day the contract is signed, even if the rest of salary is not paid because of slide. So they get that money their last year in juniors, which means alot at that point.

  30. A bit off the subject of the salary talk, Entwistle slid to the 3rd rd because the year that he was being scouted, he fell ill. His stats suffered and when he came back, he was underweight and still recovering. This kid is going to be a good one. I am really looking forward to seeing him with the Blackhawks.

  31. This made me laugh and not get mad/this yr.
    How many times have I said this the last few yrs.
    Sch makers are fixed/who give a shit-this yr.

    read this-
    3 games in the first 4 days of the season followed immediately by 3 games in the next 12
    just, seriously, what the fuck?

    Posted by MySpoonIsTooBig on Oct 17, 2018 | 4:47 PM

  32. Correct Ian. The signing bonus is due now and next year if/when it slides.

    Debrincat actually signed prior to his 19th birthday whereas Hartman signed after. But as far as ELC signing age, both were 18 on the 9-15 date. Much like Kurashev and Beaudin.

  33. Yes Ernie there’s a window before Dec.31st to sign them. But Bowman doesn’t negotiate elc’s with intent to slide players. Debrincat the perfect example of that, he got his signing bonus 1st year and it was quite obvious there was no intention to use the 2nd one. Really he has shown that he feels there isn’t anything worth gaining by doing that, unless it is to give signing bonus. Entwistle be getting his soon anyways. There going to sign at some point anyways, not like NCAA where they can walk.

  34. Not the intent to slide. But like baseball, teams will use the leverage they have. I would imagine these guys are signed. There’s precedent in Hartman. Both players appear to having little to gain going back to Juniors another year so they’re destined to be in the AHL next year regardless.

    When they signed Debrincat, I highly doubt they signed him knowing he would play all 82 games in the show a year later. They let prospects develop at their own pace. They all get a fair shot at burning that ELC. But in this case it behooves the Hawks to sign them now. Much like it was in the Cubs best interest to keep Bryant back his rookie year and like the Sox are doing with Jimenez.

  35. Psh, I’m already looking at the 2020 draft….Jan Mysak. Kid wont turn 18 until right at the 2020 draft and is already playing with men in the extraliga at age 16. 2g-2a in 10 games.

  36. Wall Kaliyev would be an excellent pick. Podkolvin is another who looks like he has a big future. Looks impressive in the videos available and Craig Button really high on him, and his analysis usually pretty solid. From what i read, he wants to play in NHL so getting him wouldn’t seem to be an issue.

  37. CC in. Saad in. Johnson down.

    Don’t know which line Saad starts out on. Hopefully Q keep Fortin with Schmaltz and Kane to give him some looks there.

    Obviously a big game tonight with all eyes on Crawford.

  38. Yeah lets hope Crawford gets through tonight and continues to feel good enough to keep going, shaking off the rust is secondary.

  39. It seems weird to say I hope Crow isn’t rushing back

    I hope he’s fully recovered otherwise he could be set back easily – even though it’s just 1 game and his first after what 9 months off tonight will be very telling

    Rust I expect but if he looks out of sorts in any other way that’s a concern

    Here’s hoping…

  40. Mo thats what i’m wondering, how will the team respond to him back in there. Not only playing better defensively but the reaction when someone crashes the net or just gets in too close to him intentionally period.

  41. Morrison.. Lol.. Do you realize Chicago has no tough guys?
    Who will take care of anyone that crashes Crawford?

  42. Cant complain about any game in transition yr.

    Sch.
    3 in first 4 days of season.
    2 in 12 days- rusty.
    7 in 10 days- too many.

    We didn’t play that good. Even though we out chanced them and
    they get a 2 on 1 no goalie stops, forget the posts/cross.

    They score 4 in 5 games, then get 3 when they play us. With Crow back.
    The sch. is garbage.

    Noone would have said our first loss would be to a bottom team and with it we would be 3-1-2.

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