Amid a downpour of injury news around the league, some more hopeful news has broken. The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Alex DeBrincat to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will carry a cap hit of just under $810K per Cap Friendly and also contains bonuses for games played. DeBrincat was the Blackhawks’ second-round pick this past draft, chosen #39th overall with the pick acquired from Montreal in the Andrew Shaw deal.
DeBrincat is well on his way to another outstanding season in the OHL, where he’s coming off back-to-back 100+ point years. This season he has 35 points in just 14 games, which amazingly doesn’t even lead his team (that honor goes to Taylor Raddysh, who has 39 in 15), though would put him on pace to break the century mark once again. Last season, he trailed only Arizona Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak in goals with 51 (the same he scored in his rookie season). If he can reach 50 goals again this year, he would become only the second player in OHL history to score 50 goals or more in three seasons, the other being Dale McCourt from 1974-75 through 1976-77.
The shifty forward is another in an increasing number of smaller players who will make an impact at the NHL level, following names like Johnny Gaudreau and Mitch Marner in recent years. DeBrincat stands at just 5’7″, but has shown off exceptional offensive skill at every level. If he needs a role model for a smaller player in the NHL, the Chicago organization is a great place to start; Patrick Kane is one of the lightest players in the league but has never been slowed down by it.