The Chicago Blackhawks have been off the Ice since Wednesday the 18th. That has not stopped the front office from remaining busy. The front office signed Vince Hinostranza to a three year entry level contract. Hinostranza was a sophomore at Notre Dame. He will forgo his last two seasons of NCAA eligibility.
Hinostranza was the 169th overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft. He joins Teuvo Teravainen, Dillion Fourneir, and Garrett Ross from that class. Hinostroza played for Team USA in the World Juniors scoring 3 goals and 2 assists and was one of the most noticeable players on that team.
Hinostranza is a 5’9 180 pound center who finished his Sophmore season with 11 goals and 33 assists in 42 games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He finished fourth in the nation in assists and was tied for 11th in the nation in points. Hinostranza is an Illinois native from Bartlett ILL and will more than likely be joining his former Irish teammate from last year Stephen Johns in Rockford sooner than later
Hinostranza will join Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, and Matt Carey of young Blackhawk forwards. He also joined Nick Leddy, Dylan Olsen, and Adam Clendening as leaving before their college eligibility ended.
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The best part of Hinostroza is that he played center which is looking like an area that the franchise really needs to strengthen in the future. The Blackhawks have Teuvo Teravainen and possibly Phillip Danault as the only real future stars at the center position.
The real news is that Stan Bowman got the job done unlike the Kevin Hayes negotiations where it appeared both sides were playing chicken and Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks lost. Hayes has had a very solid rookie season playing center for a team that could very possibly be the President’s Trophy winners when everything is said and done.
The Blackhawks will really have to start to depend on their system after this season when some of their big stars will be leaving because of the salary cap and the fact the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane extensions are kicking in. The Blackhawks and Stan Bowman will need the young players to develop quickly within the system so that the Chicago Blackhawks can remain a Stanley Cup contender throughout the Toews/Kane era.
Hinostroza may or may not be a star in the NHL but he’s a prospect and the Blackhawks have locked down his services for the next 3 seasons.
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