The Chicago Blackhawks have made a signing today. They Blackhawks have signed college free agent Matt Carey which now brings the total of players under contract with the Chicago to 49 out of a possible 50 with that last contract assuming to be handed out to Stephen Johns.
Carey is 22 years old and has played 93 games in Juniors with Toronto and Hamilton during that time he scored 58 goals and 95 assists during his time which he didn’t spend in college due to being academically ineligible.
This past season as a freshman he played for the St. Lawrence Knights he was second on the team in scoring trailing only his brother and more hotly pursued free agent Greg. Matt was tied for the team lead in goals with his brother with 18 and picked up 19 assists which put him second on the team with points.
The most surprising news of this signing is not that we will be wearing Viktor Stalberg’s old #25, but that he actually will be reporting to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and will be traveling to the Windy City on Friday one day ahead of the rival of Blackhawks top prospect Teuvo Teravainen.
Carey according to reports has potential and the Hawks like signing older college players such as last years Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc, but with the Hawks needing to sign both Johns and 2014 Hobey Baker Finalist Kevin Hayes so this signing isn’t making sense quite yet nor his assignment.
Matt did leave this note for the Blackhawks on Twitter after the announcement of his signing.
Also I want to thank the @NHLBlackhawks for all their hard work on recruiting me and I can’t be more excited to suit up in a Hawks uniform
— Matt Carey (@MCares16) March 20, 2014
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