Blackhawks, F Lukas Reichel agree to 3-year contract

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Conor Garland of the US, left, challenges for the puck with Germany's Lukas Reichel during the Ice Hockey World Championship group B match between United States and Germany at the Arena in Riga, Latvia, Monday, May 31, 2021.

    Conor Garland of the US, left, challenges for the puck with Germany's Lukas Reichel during the Ice Hockey World Championship group B match between United States and Germany at the Arena in Riga, Latvia, Monday, May 31, 2021. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/9/2021 7:00 PM

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday they had agreed to an entry-level contract with Lukas Reichel after selecting the forward in the first round of the 2020 NHL draft.

Reichel's three-year deal runs through the 2023-24 season with a $925,000 salary-cap hit. General manager Stan Bowman said Reichel made 'œtremendous strides' during his second year with Eisbären Berlin in Germany's top professional league.

 

'œThe game appeared to slow down for him this past season, which allowed his playmaking skills to be on full display,' Bowman said in a release. 'œBringing him over to North America is the logical next step for his continued development and we're excited to be able to add such a young, dynamic player to our forward group.'

Reichel, 19, was selected by Chicago with the No. 17 pick in last year's draft. He had 10 goals and 17 assists in 38 games with Eisbären Berlin this season, and then added two goals and three assists in nine playoff appearances while helping his team win the DEL championship.

Reichel also played for Germany at this year's world championships, finishing with two goals and four assists in nine games.

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