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Blackhawks sign undrafted free agent Matthew Highmore to 3-year entry-level contract

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The 21-year-old center has 32 goals and 82 points in 58 games this season for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL.

Saint John Sea Dogs v Gatineau Olympiques Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks signed undrafted free agent Matthew Highmore to a three-year entry-level contract Thursday.

Highmore, 21, has set career highs in his fifth season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 5-foot-10, 187-pounder ranks second on the team with 32 goals and is seventh in the league with 82 points in 58 games this season. He excels on special teams with 11 power-play goals and 21 assists on the man advantage along with three short-handed goals.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native tallied 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 17 playoff games last season.

Highmore has scored 88 goals and 152 assists in 283 career games in five seasons with the Sea Dogs, and has been teammates with Nathan Noel, the Blackhawks’ fourth-round pick in 2016, the past four seasons.

Saint John is the top team in the QMJHL this season with 88 points, five points clear of second-place and defending league champions Rouyn-Noranda. The Sea Dogs have already clinched a playoff spot.