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Report: Blackhawks, prospect Mike Paliotta talking contract

On the heels of signing Vince Hinostroza, Chicago is trying to ink another prospect.

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Vermont senior defenseman Mike Paliotta and the Chicago Blackhawks have been conducting ongoing negotiating on an entry-level contract, reports ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers.

Paliotta, a 2011 third-round draft pick, became eligible to sign the Blackhawks after the Catamounts failed to reach the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-4, 205 pound Paliotta registered 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists in 41 games this season. He finished his senior season tied for second in the nation in assists among defenseman and tied for fourth in points. He was recently selected to the second team All-Hockey East.

The other college senior in the Blackhawks system is North Dakota defenseman Nick Mattson, who will compete in the NCAA tournament starting Friday. Mattson has four goals, 16 assists in 30 games this season.

Pailotta could make an immediate impact on the blue line in Rockford. He would join Stephen Johns and Viktor Svedberg has the lone 6-footers. Johns was signed by the Blackhawks following his senior season a year ago.

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