Blackhawks Sign Defenseman Luc Snuggerud

On Wednesday, the Blackhawks announced the club has agreed to terms with defensemen Luc Snuggerud on a three-year entry-level contract that begins with the 2017-18 season. He will report to Rockford for the rest of the 2016-17 campaign.

Snuggerud, 21, had 11 goals and 20 assists in 39 games this season with Omaha in the NCHC. He was originally a fifth round pick (#141 overall) by the Hawks in the 2014 NHL Draft and just completed his third season at Omaha.

16 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Defenseman Luc Snuggerud

  • March 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Black Ace this season, there is no room for him on the blue line. He should be in the mix for a bottom pair if Oduya and Campbell move on after the season ends.

  • March 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I wonder if this makes Forsling or Kempny expendable. Assuming TVR is retained.

  • March 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Am I correct that Snuggerud is now the Hawks best D-man prospect, even above Forsling and Pokka?

    Somewhat off-topic, but it has been eye-opening how much Oduya has helped the Hawks’ backline. When Oduya went to Dallas a couple of years back I think a lot of fans thought he could be easily replaced. I probably was one of them. I was wrong. His hockey IQ and ability and willingness to block shots has improved this team considerably. The perfect #4 defenseman for this team.

  • March 15, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Snuggerud will report to Rockford on ATO and his deal will kick in next year. So any slim chance of him being a black ace and possibly getting games went out the window.

  • March 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Both Campbell and Oduya eligible for 35+ contract which could mean one or both come back on a friendly cap hit and a bonus laden deal pushed til 2018/19 season. With 72 off the bonuses and no big bonuses being offered to prospects looks like something in the works.

  • March 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Anisimov out 3-4.

  • March 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Saw him play live plenty of times. Luc S. really upped his game from Sophomore year to Junior year. He played in all situations. Power play, penalty kill + against the other team’s top line.

    He was for all intents and purposes Omaha’s Duncan Keith.

    Great wheels, much like Nick Leddy. He loves to rush the puck.

    Dent + company will have to coach him up on defensive coverage, moving the puck quickly to the forwards and the “Blackhawks way” but all indications are that Snuggerud will play in the NHL.

  • March 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    @Craig: quality post.

  • March 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Nice report, Craig. Thanks.

  • March 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I actually just saw him play along with teammate olofsson against iacopelli at WMU. I’m no hockey scout, and its hard to get a good read because college hockey is so much sloppier, but snuggerud was quite noticeable offensively, really quaterbacking the power play. Seemed to have good instincts and a decent shot. Iacopelli on the other hand was not quite as noticeable as he’s been in past games I’ve seen him play. Best player overall was Wade Allison, 2nd round pick by the flyers.

  • March 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    He is wearing # 14. Should we be worried about Panik?

  • March 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Now i am starting to wonder …what is going on with Pokka …he was the best Dman available for the Hawks 2 years ago and had a good year last year in Rockford ..why did they stop beleiving in this guy ? Why keep him iff they dont want to give him a try ? ….

  • March 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Hawks2010 – there were several reports that SB was trying to move Pokka at the trade deadline. We have 8 d-men on the current roster and Forsling is also ahead on the depth chart. He seemed to be treading water in Rockford this year so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was traded prior to the draft. Maybe he gets thrown in to get Las Vegas to take Kruger in the expansion draft.

  • March 15, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    You are welcome for the intel guys. Snuggerud is already in Rockford and practiced with the team yesterday.

  • March 16, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Very good new for Rockford to ave sign Louis and Snuggerud…very good move …and they will play with Hayden for a few games next year ….excellent move

  • March 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    For what its worth, he was wearing #4 last weekend with Omaha. I think 44 will be his only option with the big club.

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