The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms Dylan Sikura and John Quenneville to two-year contract extensions, taking them through the 2020-21 season. The matching deals are two-way contracts in 2019-20 that will pay $700K in the NHL and one-way contracts in 2020-21 worth $800K. That gives both players a $750 cap hit and makes them inexpensive depth options for the Blackhawks.
Sikura, 24, was originally a sixth-round pick of the Blackhawks back in 2014 but developed into one of the best players in the country at the NCAA level and was twice a nominee for the Hobey Baker award. After scoring 111 points in his final 73 games for Northeastern University, Sikura jumped to the NHL level and added three assists in five games for the Blackhawks at the end of the 2017-18 season. Unfortunately he is still looking for that elusive first NHL goal, as through 33 games this season the young forward registered just eight assists. That scoring drought certainly wasn’t present at the AHL level however, and Sikura should be in a competition for a roster spot with the Blackhawks out of camp. Perhaps unfortunately for him however, Sikura will still be waiver exempt at the start of the year and could be sent down if the team faces a roster crunch.
Quenneville meanwhile came to the Blackhawks through a much different path. Originally a first-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2014, the 23-year old forward’s progress has seemed to stall over the last few years. Though he has continued to dominate offensively in the AHL, Quenneville received just 33 NHL games with the Devils and contributed just five points. During Saturday’s draft, the Devils decided to trade Quenneville to the Blackhawks in exchange for John Hayden, giving both players a fresh start. Unlike Sikura he is not waiver exempt, which may give him a leg up on making the Chicago roster out of training camp.