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Blackhawks prospect Michal Teply signs WHL player agreement with Winnipeg Ice

The 2019 fourth-round pick will call Winnipeg home next season.

2019 NHL Draft - Portraits Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

Blackhawks prospect Michal Teply will indeed make the jump from the Czech Republic to North America next season after signing a WHL standard player agreement with the Winnipeg Ice on Wednesday.

The Ice selected Teply with the fourth overall pick in the CHL Import Draft.

Teply, who was picked in the fourth round (No. 105 overall) by the Blackhawks in this year’s NHL draft, scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 23 games for HC Benatky nad Jizerou in the Czech Republic’s second division. He also got his first crack at the Extraliga, the Czech’s top league, where he had two assists in 15 games.

After participating in the Blackhawks development camp last week, Teply had two goals and two assists for the Czech Republic in a 6-5 loss to Finland in an under-20 friendly game Tuesday.

At least two other Blackhawks prospects will play in the CHL next season — goaltender Alexis Gravel (QMJHL Halifax) and defenseman Cole Moberg (WHL Prince George). Defenseman Adam Boqvist could return to OHL London or play in the AHL or NHL next season, while center Kirby Dach will play in the NHL or with WHL Saskatoon again. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, however, said last week the team is leaning toward Boqvist turning pro.

The 2019-20 season will be the Ice’s first season in Winnipeg after relocating from Cranbrook, British Columbia.