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Blackhawks agree to terms with prospect Frank Nazar on an entry-level contract

Blackhawks agree to terms with prospect Frank Nazar on entry-level contract originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with forward Frank Nazar, the team announced Saturday. His maximum hit is $950,000.

Nazar’s contract starts immediately and runs until the 2025/26 season. He was drafted by Chicago with the No. 13 overall selection in 2022.

Nazar’s second season at Michigan came to an end Thursday after the Wolverines lost to No. 1 seed Boston College in the Frozen Four semifinals. He had two points (one goal, one assist), 14 shot attempts (six on goal) and won 25 of 41 faceoffs for a 61.0 winning percentage in three games during the NCAA men’s tournament.

Nazar, 20, scored 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 40 games this season. He had just seven points (two goals, five assists) in 13 games last season after missing most of the season with an injury.

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Nazar also represented Team USA at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he won a gold medal. He produced eight assists in seven games.

Nazar appears ready to take the next step, but he will likely need AHL time with the Rockford IceHogs next season, so expectations should be tempered. Signing with the Blackhawks will allow the team’s development staff to work more closely with him, and Nazar will also benefit as he will learn how to navigate a full 82-game season, both mentally and physically.

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