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Blackhawks Bits: Galvas signs; Olczyk reportedly agrees to be Turner’s lead NHL analyst

The 21-year-old Czech defenseman has been playing in Finland.

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Another Blackhawks’ draft pick officially joined the organization on Friday morning, as defenseman Jakub Galvas — a fifth-round pick (150th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft — signed a two-year entry-level contract:

The deal will not start until the next season begins and carries an annual cap hit of $867,500.

Galvas is a 5-foot-11, 161-pound defenseman and a native of the Czech Republic who was an alternate captain for his native country at the 2019 World Juniors. He’ll turn 22 on June 15 and has been playing in Finland for the last two seasons after spending the majority of his teenage years playing in his home country. Scott Powers of The Athletic recently detailed Galvas’ move from the Czech Republic to Finland, which was part of the development that earned him an NHL contract.

It remains an uphill battle for Galvas to crack the NHL lineup in Chicago, given how many young blue-liners are already playing with the Blackhawks and a few more earning significant ice time in Rockford. But this move suggests Galvas has been improving over the last few seasons and adds to the number of players from that 2017 draft class who’ve earned an NHL deal:

This doesn’t mean much of anything in terms of hockey but here’s a photo of Galvas with Adam Boqvist from the Blackhawks’ prospect camp in July 2019, when the prospects were apparently receiving lessons in nutrition:

Blackhawks teach their prospects how to eat smarter to get them to the NHL faster Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Elsewhere in the hockey world, a familiar voice to Blackhawks fans will reportedly stay with NHL broadcasts when they move from NBC Sports to Turner/ESPN in the next hockey season. According to NHL Network correspondent Craig Morgan, Ed Olczyk has agreed to a contract that will make him the lead analyst for Turner beginning next fall:

A notable omission so far: Pierre McGuire.