The Blackhawks have signed one of their top prospects.


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The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with one of their top prospects Sunday.

The club announced that they have signed prospect Nick Schmaltz to a three-year entry level contract. The 20-year-old forward was selected 20th overall by the Blackhawks in 2014, and has been described by GM Stan Bowman as "the next rising star in our organization."

Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Blackhawks' trade of Teuvo Teravainen to the Carolina Hurricanes helped Schmaltz decide to sign.

Schmaltz amassed 46 points in 37 games while leading North Dakota to the national championship in his sophomore season and nearly doubled his offensive output from his freshman campaign.

He recorded a point per game as a member of the U.S. junior team that claimed bronze at the World Junior Championship in January.