Chicago Blackhawks: Who is Wyatt Kaiser?

2021 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships - Semifinals
2021 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championships - Semifinals / Richard T Gagnon/GettyImages

When the Chicago Blackhawks announced the signing of Wyatt Kasier to a three-year entry-level contract that runs through the 24/25 season, everyone was excited. This marks the second prospect signed to an entry-level deal after the team announced that they signed Ryder Rolston.

So who is Wyatt Kaiser? He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third round (81st overall pick) of the 2020 Nhl draft. Wyatt, still only 20 years old, has just completed his junior season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he skated in 35 games. He tallied 23 points in those games and 18 of them were assists.

The 6-foot left-handed defenceman amassed 52 points in 97 games for Minnesota and in the 2022 season and managed to win the NCHC tournament title where he was named in the Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament team.

Now that he's put pen to paper on an entry-level deal, he is expected to play for the Blackhawks on this final stretch of this season and this makes sense. The Blackhawks aren't bothered about winning games, however, they are invested in our prospects. Giving Wyatt NHL hockey experience will only help him prepare and develop for next season. He will be fighting for a roster spot come opening night and these final games will show a lot about where he is at as an NHL defender.

Update: Over his first 3 games, Wyatt has averaged 16:34 of time on ice and has been even in plus / minus. He has largely played mistake free and appears to be a good top 4 option for next season.