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Blackhawks sign Wyatt Kaiser to entry-level contract

Another college prospect is heading to the Windy City.

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2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships - Semifinals Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images

Another college hockey prospect is on his way to the Chicago Blackhawks after Wyatt Kaiser signed his entry-level deal, per a team announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

The team announcement also indicated that Kaiser will be reporting to the Blackhawks.

It’s a three-year deal for Kaiser, with the specifics detailed in this tweet from the excellent CapFriendly page:

Kaiser, who’ll turn 21 at the end of July, was a third-round pick of the Blackhawks (81st overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft. The left-handed blue-liner stands 6-feet tall and weights 172 pounds and just completed his junior season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In 35 games this season, he fourth on the Bulldogs with 23 points and second with 18 assists — although his goal, assist and point totals from the 2022-23 seasons were all career-highs.

Our Top 25 Under 25 ranking from last summer had Kaiser cracking the top 10 for the first time, slotting in at No. 8 after a strong sophomore season that built on Kaiser’s success as a freshman when he skated the minute of a No. 1 defenseman at UMD. He’s done nothing to diminish his stock since then, continuing to receive the bulk of the ice time for the Bulldogs while displaying the smooth skating and strong transition game that registered him on NHL radars in the first place. He was the subject of this lengthy profile by The Athletic one month ago.

For an idea of Kaiser’s skating ability, check out this goal from last weekend:

Here’s an assist Kaiser tallied (with fellow prospect Dominic James also involved in the play) during his final game for UMD:

As just about every other Blackhawks-related account on Twitter has since pointed out, the three years on Kaiser’s deal begin immediately, so that first year is burned whether he plays in Chicago or not in the final month of the 2022-23 season.

If nothing else, it’ll be something else to watch as the Blackhawks inch closer to this season’s finish line.