Chicago Blackhawks Sign Michal Teply to Entry-Level Deal
By Michael Wagner
The Chicago Blackhawks have added a key piece from the 2019 NHL Draft to their organization.
While everyone one has been staying away with the current state of the global pandemic NHL organizations have been busy adding prospect to their organizational depth. The Blackhawks have still been pursuing one of their biggest unsigned prospects in defenseman Ian Mitchell but on Friday the Blackhawks were able to get one of their biggest 2019 draft standouts, Michal Teply, signed to a three-year entry-level deal.
While Teply has been signed to his entry-level deal it is still likely that he won’t make the jump to the professional ranks in Rockford or Chicago however his 2019 season was a breakout one for the young Czech forward. Teply was one of the best young forwards in the WHL for the Winnipeg Ice where he notched 29 goals and 34 assists in his freshman WHL campaign.
When Teply was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft many saw him as a great value pick with his high offensive upside coupled with his size and solid skating ability. Teply’s size makes him a strong player in the corners and also plays a great offensive game with a great shot and accurate passing.
The question then becomes when could we see Teply at the professional level?
I think that it is still likely that we won’t see Teply for a while at the NHL level considering he is still trying to completely round out his game and another year in the WHL where he can dominate and work on the holes in his game.
When he does make that jump the AHL or the NHL he projects to be a very good offensive player, something similar to a Dominik Kubalik type and with that combination of size and skill could find himself as a top-six NHL forward.
While his arrival seems to likely be beyond 2021, Teply is an exciting offensive prospect that the Blackhawks have officially added to their organizational depth, even if it is a few years away. With no games to play and the season in jeopardy, hopefully, the Blackhawks can continue to add to their prospect pool and bring some excitement to the organization’s future.