The rumor was out over the weekend, and now it’s confirmed: the Blackhawks have signed defenseman Blake Hillman from the University of Denver to a two-year, entry-level contract.
But what’s intriguing about the news is the phrasing in the Hawks’ announcement:
He's in! Defenseman Blake Hillman has signed on to a 2-year contract that runs through the 2018-19 season.
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 27, 2018
The two-year deal running through next year indicates Hillman – like Dylan Sikura – will burn the first year of his entry-level deal with the Hawks in the final week of the regular season.