BREAKING: Blackhawks Sign Four to Entry Level Deals

  

The Blackhawks formally announced the signing of four players to NHL entry level deals. Forward Dominik Kahun, defenseman Darren Raddysh and goalie Kevin Lankinen all signed two-year deals while defenseman Lucas Carlsson signed a three-year contract.

BREAKING: Blackhawks Sign Four to Entry Level Deals

German forward Dominik Kahun

As reported back in April and again earlier this month, the Blackhawks signed Czech born German forward Dominik Kahun to join the organization after a very successful Olympic stint this past February. Kahun also won the champion with his team, EHC München, in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

BREAKING: Blackhawks Sign Four to Entry Level Deals

Rockford Icehogs defenseman Darren Raddysh

Darren Raddysh, the brother of Tampa Lightning prospect Taylor, was signed to an AHL deal last June, after a successful 5-year career with the Erie Otters. The 6’0″ 200 lbs defenseman played 66 regular season games with the Rockford Icehogs this season, registering 22 points (5G-17A). His solid play in the regular season and this year’s Calder Cup playoffs earned him a longer look by the Blackhawks.

BREAKING: Blackhawks Sign Four to Entry Level Deals

Swedish Defenseman Lucas Calsson

Signing a 3-year deal is Swedish defenseman Lucas Carlsson. Carlsson just finished up his season the SHL with Brynäs IF. The 6’1″ 187 lbs 2016 fourth round pick of the Blackhawks has been playing in the top Swedish professional league for most of four seasons. This past year Carlsson put up 17 points (7G-10A) in 44 games.

BREAKING: Blackhawks Sign Four to Entry Level Deals

Finnish Goaltender Kevin Lankinen

Lankinen is a 6’2″ 185 lbs, 23-year-old Finnish goaltender who has been playing with HIFK in the top Finnish pro league, Liiga. Lankinen has had some extremely impressive stats in the top-tier Finnish league, improving each season.  He finished the 14-15 season with a 2.29 GAA and .910 sv% in 24 games, the 15-16 season with 2.36 GAA and .906 sv% in 22 games, the 16-17 season 2.14 GAA and .920 sv% in 42 games and, finally, this season he finished with 1.33 and a .946 sv% in just 13 games. He is sure to add some competition for next season between Jean-Francois Berube, Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia.

Here is a big save by Lankinen a few seasons back:

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    Jeff Osborn
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    The Blackhawks formally announced the signing of four players to NHL entry level deals. Forward Dominik Kahun, defenseman Darren Raddysh and goalie Ke
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    The Hawks have 22 players signed on ELC. That means they will either play in the NHL or AHL next year. With that many players signed some players will be released or possibly be traded.  Who do you think is on the way out.

    My list includes Jeff Glass, Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Sharp, Lance Bouma,  Cody Franson,  Tomas Jurco, Michal Rozsival, Jean-Francois Berube, and Tanner Kero.

    The Hawks have a lot of players now under 25 years old. Is there a point that someone 26 to 30 may be cut/traded because the Hawks want to go younger. Who knows but it will make for an interesting draft day and free agency period.

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    Jeff Osborn
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    Berube is signed for another year, but I think he might be traded or waived.   The rest are “likely” gone though.

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    Hank_Greenberg
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    Berube is signed for another year, but I think he might be traded or waived. The rest are “likely” gone though.

    Oz, you think Kero is finished? He’s a serviceable player, but easily replaceable. I think they might give him another shot, though ….

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    The signing of  Kevin Lankinen is a nice one in the fact he really played well are a developing goalie in Finland and costs the hawks no assets…and there is a good chance he adapts well and grows is game.

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    Jeff Osborn
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    Berube is signed for another year, but I think he might be traded or waived. The rest are “likely” gone though.

    Oz, you think Kero is finished? He’s a serviceable player, but easily replaceable. I think they might give him another shot, though ….

    I really think they will  Kampf has passed him by and Kahun is sort of the same type of player.  If he goes, someone will sign him.

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    The signing of Kevin Lankinen is a nice one in the fact he really played well are a developing goalie in Finland and costs the hawks no assets…and there is a good chance he adapts well and grows is game.

     

    I’m like you on him. He is still young and has time to grow. He will be in Rockford this year for sure taking Glass’s place

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    Berube is signed for another year, but I think he might be traded or waived. The rest are “likely” gone though.

    Oz, you think Kero is finished? He’s a serviceable player, but easily replaceable. I think they might give him another shot, though ….

    Kero has one more year on his contract then he is Arbitration Eligible/RFA  the next yr. He is scheduled to make 750,000 next yr. Question is can you replace him with someone else who is better for that money or maybe a little more. Plus one of the new guys could push him out the door.

     

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