Almost a month ago, we posted a look ahead at the Blackhawks’ future contractual obligations and outstanding free agents.
ESPN recently posted a mock expansion draft from their senior hockey writers. Pierre LeBrun, Craig Custance and Joe McDonald all predicted Vegas will take Marcus Kruger; Scott Burnside thinks Vegas will select Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Now we’re one week away from the Frozen Four coming to the United Center. The weekend will include Blackhawks prospect and Notre Dame defenseman Dennis Gilbert; Minnesota-Duluth, Harvard and Denver are the other three schools left in the bracket.
Since our last post, the Blackhawks have signed a few prospects. One rookie – Tanner Kero – is no longer headed to RFA status after signing a two-year extension.
Scott Darling, Brian Campbell, Johnny Oduya and Andrew Desjardins are still headed toward unrestricted free agency, though.
With all of that in mind, let’s update the Blackhawks’ future contract statuses. Here are the prospects the Hawks have signed through at least the 2017-18 season.
John Hayden – NHL
Alex DeBrincat – Jr
Alexandre Fortin – Jr
Tyler Motte – AHL
Vinnie Hinostroza – AHL
Matthew Highmore – Jr
Kyle Baun – AHL
Luke Johnson – AHL
Graham Knott – Jr
Anthony Louis – NCAA
Matheson Iacopelli – NCAA
Gustav Forsling – AHL
Carl Dahlstrom – AHL
Viktor Svedberg – AHL
Robin Norell – AHL
Luc Snuggerud – NCAA
Jeff Glass – AHL
The following players are still headed to becoming restricted free agents in the Blackhawks’ system:
Dylan Sikura announced he will return to college for another season, and the Blackhawks still own the rights to now-former Boston College captain Chris Calnan.
Chicago has signed two veterans – Michal Rozsival and Jordin Tootoo – through next season in an effort to meet the requirements of the expansion draft. One other prospect, Roy Radke, signed an ATO contract with Rockford but won’t play for the IceHogs because of shoulder surgery.
The list of unrestricted free agents beyond the Chicago roster has remained the same: Mac Carruth, Martin Lundberg, Brandon Mashinter, Lars Johansson and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.