On Thursday afternoon, the Blackhawks announced a two-year extension with rookie center Tanner Kero.
Kero, 24, signed as a college free agent with Chicago in 2015 after four years at Michigan Tech. He appeared in 17 games with the Hawks in 2015-16 and has played in 38 games this season. Kero has five goals and seven assists and has won 45.5 percent of his faceoffs.
Over the course of the 2016-17 season, Kero has also become an important part of the Blackhawks’ penalty kill unit. Only four forwards on the Blackhawks roster – Marcus Kruger (2:10), Dennis Rasmussen (1:45), Marian Hossa (1:29) and Jonathan Toews (1:23) – average more short-handed ice time per night than Kero (1:14 per game).