The Chicago Blackhawks announced the signing of Anthony Louis Louis to a two year deal. Louis is coming off a successful season at the University of Miami. This is the second signing for the Blackhawks in the last two days. Scott Powers of the Athletic reported the deal first and reports that Louis will report to Rockford.
The Blackhawks announced on Sunday 3/13/2017 the John Hayden Deal. John Hayden to a Two-Year deal. He was a third round pick of the Blackhawks in 2013. Hayden recently finished his senior year at Yale where he finished eighth in the nation with 21 goals and 33 assists. For his career he had 50 goals and 41 assists in his four year career. He was captain of the Yale squad this season.
Louis Career Snap Shot
Louis was 2013 6th round pick. He like Hayden began their careers with the U.S. National Development team for two seasons before attending the University of Miami. As I stated Louis was very impressive at Prospect Camp. He was strong on the puck and displayed skill despite his size. Louis is listed at 5.1 and weighs in 150lbs. He finished his senior year with 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points. He was second in the league with 37 points during the regular season and is a finalist for the NCHC player of the year. He was also named First team NCHC. His senior year ended when University of Miami was eliminated in two games by Minnesota Duluth.
While Hayden is expected to the join the Blackhawks and play this week. Louis will be a different story. Louis, unlike Hayden, does not have the size the Blackhawks need for this current playoff run. That does not mean that Louis could not be given look after sometime at Rockford.
Louis Needed to Be signed
After the Hayden deal was announced, I felt that the Louis deal was another must do deal for the Blackhawks this year.
Louis fits the mold of a Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. All three of them are play making smaller type forwards. Louis was the last player from the 2013 draft class to sign his entry level deal.
Louis joins an young and growing forward core for the Blackhawks. He is also the third local kid to be signed by the Blackhawks in recent years. He joins fellow local kids Vinny Hinostroza and Ryan Hartman.