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Report: Vince Hinostroza signs with Chicago Blackhawks, leaving Notre Dame early

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Barlett, Ill. native will forgo his final two collegiate seasons.

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Notre Dame sophomore forward Vince Hinostroza has agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to reports.

Hinostroza, 20, finished his sophomore season with 11 goals and 33 assists in 42 games. He finished his season (March 15) tied for fourth in the nation in assists behind only Boston's Jack Eichel and Evan Rodriuges and Minnesota's Mike Reilly. He was named to the All-Hockey East Conference first-team on Thursday.

Hinostroza had points in 24 of 40 games and 14 multi-point games this past season. He scored eight goals and 24 assists in 34 games during his freshman season. He finished his career in a Fighting Irish sweater with 19 goals and 57 assists for 76 points in 76 games played.

Here's a scouting report from SB Nation's College Puck senior writer Jeff Cox:

Hinostroza emerged as one of the best skaters and passers in college hockey in his second season at the NCAA level.

Playing on a line with Minnesota Wild prospect Mario Lucia and Boston Bruins draft pick Anders Bjork for much of the second half, Hinostroza's play took off. Hinostroza is undersized, but he's an amazing skater who cuts well and uses his edges for great lateral mobility.

His passing ability is second to only Jack Eichel in college hockey this season. His vision and hockey IQ allows him to find teammates that not many others would find and his soft hands allowed him to fit saucer passes through tight seams.

Hinostroza, a right-handed shot, played center at Notre Dame. The Bartlett, Ill. native, played for the Chicago Mission junior program and in the United States Hockey League for the Waterloo Black Hawks.

He has also represented team USA. He had three goals and two assists in five games during the World Juniors tournament in 2014. He also won bronze at the Under-19 World Junior A Challenge in 2011 and fifth at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Tournament with the Under-18 USA Select team.

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