Could These Three Undrafted Players be on Chicago Blackhawke GM Kyle Davidson's Radar?

Three undrafted players the Hawks could target as free agents.
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As the Chicago Blackhawks continue forward with their rebuild, many look toward the upcoming NHL Draft wondering who will be added to the prospect pool. Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson has his eyes set on drafting high-end talent in order to bring the team back amongst the NHL's elite. The Blackhawks have a strong pool of prospects already, with some being very close to making the jump to professional hockey whether in Chicago or Rockford (AHL). Despite the Blackhawks having many selections in the next few drafts, it is possible that Kyle Davidson signs young free agents outside the NHL in order to add depth to his growing pool of prospects.

The Blackhawks have never been reluctant to sign top players from around the world who aren't associated with an NHL team. Under the previous regime, players such as Artemi Panarin, Dominik Kubalik, Pius Suter, and David Kampf were just some of the many who were signed from leagues outside the NHL and became solid contributors (or stars in Panarin's case). Even Brandon Hagel was a similar story, as he was not given an entry-level contract by Buffalo and became a free agent who the Blackhawks signed later that summer.

In the past few seasons, there have been more colligate players coming into the Blackhawks organization, with some being signed as free agents or having their rights acquired. Mike Hardman, Wyatt Kalynuk, and Cole Guttman all were brought in from the college ranks, Guttman being signed by Davidson. With the Blackhawks still very much rebuilding, there are young, unsigned, players out there who could definitely be worth giving a contract offer to.

With the Blackhawks already signing prospect Landon Slaggert, there could be even more coming to Chicago from the NCAA.