The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Wednesday that they've signed 2022 seventh overall pick Kevin Korchinski to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $2.85 million ($950,000 AAV).
"Signing Kevin is an exciting moment and another step in us building organizational depth," said Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson. "We knew that we wanted Kevin to be a big part of this team's future, so we're happy to have him within our system, developing in this early part of his professional career."
Davidson added, "His confidence and positive attitude paired with his size will be assets as he continues to grow his game in the WHL this upcoming season."
Korchinski, 18, was selected seventh overall last month, a pick that was acquired by the Blackhawks from Ottawa in the Alex DeBrincat trade. Going into the draft, Korchinski was seventh among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings after being 20th in the mid-term rankings.
The Saskatoon native had an unbelievable year in the Western Hockey League with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Korchinski was nearly a point-per-game player, putting up 65 points (four goals, 61 assists), 40 penalty minutes and was a plus-36 in 67 games. He went on to add nineteen points (six goals, thirteen assists) in 25 playoff games.
As Kyle Davidson mentioned, Korchinski will head back to Seattle for the 2022-23 season, where he will look to build off his success from last year. He'll also likely be on Hockey Canada's radar for the 2023 World Juniors in December.
Source: Chicago Blackhawks