The Blackhawks signed newly-acquired right-handed defenseman prospect Alec Regula to a three-year entry-level contract worth $897,500 per season Monday.
Regula, who Chicago acquired from the Red Wings in exchange for winger Brendan Perlini in October, has seven goals and 15 points in 14 OHL games with the London Knights this season. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound blue liner has three goals and an assist in four games since the trade.
Chicago was familiar with the 19-year-old Regula having seen him play with fellow Blackhawks prospect Adam Boqvist (2018 first rounder) with London last season.
“I think he actually has pretty good hands for a big d-man,” Boqvist told Second City Hockey in October. “He has a good hockey IQ as well and he’s a great teammate. I saw he started the season pretty good with a lot of points. He’s a pretty much all-around d-man, but a little bit more stay-at-home. He can score and be on the power play as well, so I think he’ll be good with the Blackhawks.”
It’s unlikely Regula will play with the Blackhawks or their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, this season since London is expected, as always, to make an OHL playoff run.
Prior to joining London, Regula helped the USHL’s Chicago Steel win the Clark Cup in 2017. Detroit selected him in the third round (67th overall) of the 2018 NHL draft.