Though news had broke about each of them in recent days, the Chicago Blackhawks have officially announced three signings. Ian Mitchell has signed a three-year entry-level contract, Wyatt Kalynuk has signed a two-year entry-level contract and Pius Suter has signed a one-year entry-level contract. All three deals will start in 2020-21.
Mitchell is the most recognizable name of the bunch after being a second-round pick in 2017 and quickly becoming one of the best defensemen in college hockey. The expectations are sky-high for the 21-year old, who recorded 32 points in 36 games this season for the University of Denver. Mitchell joins a talented defensive crop that is pushing to change the look of the Blackhawks blueline in the coming years.
Kalynuk will also join that group, even if his story is a little different. The 23-year old was a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2017 but decided not to sign with them after three years at the University of Wisconsin. He may be an option for the Blackhawks next season, but doesn’t have quite the same upside found in Mitchell.
Suter meanwhile is coming over from Europe after dominating the Swiss league for years. In 2019-20 he scored 30 goals and 53 points in 50 games for Zurich and took home the NLA MVP. Already 24, he’ll try to follow in the footsteps of Dominik Kubalik, who came to the Blackhawks after several successful years in Europe and is now a finalist for the Calder Trophy. Suter has played against top competition before, suiting up many times for Switzerland on the international stage including at the 2018 Olympics.