On Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a two-year deal with Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns. Johns then signed a professional tryout contract with the Rockford IceHogs.
Johns, 21, was a second round pick by the Blackhawks in 2010 and just finished his senior year at Notre Dame. He posted 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 40 games as an alternate captain in South Bend.
Listed at 6-3 and 230 pounds, Johns is a big hitter who is coming off a strong final year for the Irish. He could be in Chicago soon.