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Blackhawks sign Cam Morrison to 2-year, $1.85 million contract

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The left wing did not sign with the Avalanche after his college career at Notre Dame.

COLLEGE HOCKEY: FEB 22 Notre Dame at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Blackhawks signed unrestricted free agent left wing Cam Morrison to a two-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract Tuesday.

Morrison became an UFA on Aug. 15 when he did not to sign with the Avalanche, who selected him in the second round (No. 40) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He scored career highs in goals (13), assists (14) and points (27) in 37 games during his senior season at Notre Dame.

Morrison earned the nickname “Big Game Cam” for his ability to deliver in clutch situations. He scored the game-winning goal in the 2018 and 2019 Big Ten tournament championship game and was named to the all-tournament team both times, and had another game-winner in the first round of the 2019 NCAA tournament. He also had the primary assist on Jake Evans’ game-winner with 3.7 seconds remaining in the 2018 NCAA semifinals against Michigan.

Morrison, who turns 22 on Aug. 27, is a two-way player with size (6-foot-3, 214 pounds on Notre Dame’s roster) that is strong on the puck and good at providing a net-front presence. He’s a good skater, but could use work on his lateral mobility.

Morrison was teammates at Notre Dame with Blackhawks defenseman prospect Dennis Gilbert from 2016-18. He’s also from Aurora, Ontario, the same town as forward prospect Dylan Sikura.

The Blackhawks will likely have Morrison start the 2020-21 season with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL, which is set for a Dec. 4 start date. He wore No. 26 at Notre Dame and with the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL. The number could be available in the AHL if Alexandre Fortin is not re-signed.