According to reports on Monday evening, the Blackhawks are set to sign a college free agent defenseman.
Wyatt Kalynuk was the captain at the University of Wisconsin for the 2019-20 season. He was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the seventh round (196th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Kalynuk, 23, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after recording seven goals and 21 assists in 36 games. He posted 25 points in each of his first two seasons with the Badgers.
He is a left-handed shot and is listed at 6-1 and 189 pounds. Mark Lazerus at The Athletic wrote, “one college source said Kalynuk reminded him a bit of former Blackhawks speedster Nick Leddy.”
Chicago selected another Wisconsin -bound defenseman, Joshua Ess, in the seventh round (215th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. Ess, 21, had eight points in 35 games with Wisconsin as a junior this past season.