Breaking: Hawks sign young forward to short-term deal

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The Chicago Blackhawks have just announced on Friday that they have agreed to terms with forward John Hayden on a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.

The 23-year-old forward was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round, 74th overall, of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft. He registered four goals and 13 points in 47 games with the Blackhawks during the 2017-18 season. He was also credited with 118 hits, which ranked fourth on the team and ninth among league rookies. 

In 59 career NHL games, Hayden has tallied five goals and 17 points and recorded 162 hits.

No financial information was provided on the deal by the team or Hayden's camp. 

Here are some additional details from the Blackhawks' press release on today's signing: 

"Born in Chicago, Hayden helped lead the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs to the 2018 AHL Western Conference Finals, notching three points (3G) in 13 playoff games. He had 17 points (5G, 12A) in 24 regular-season games with the IceHogs.

Spanning four seasons (2013-17) at Yale University, Hayden accumulated 50 goals and 41 assists in 127 career games. During his senior year, he served as the Bulldogs' captain and was selected as a 2017 Hobey Baker candidate and finalist for the Walter Brown Award as New England's best American-born Division I college hockey player.

Internationally, Hayden represented his country at the 2015 World Junior Championship, registering a goal in five games. He also helped the United States to a Silver Medal at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, totaling two points (1G, 1A) in seven skates."

The Blackhawk swill be picking in the top 10 at the NHL Entry Draft for the first time in 11 seasons and stand to net themselves a pretty good young player… By signing a young promising prospect like Hayden to a contract extension, the Hawks are making some retooling adjustments for the future. 

It’s been a tough calendar year for Chicago Blackhawks fans. After nine consecutive post-season appearances and four consecutive 100 point seasons, the Blackhawks failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2017-18 and put up a miserable 76 points.

Now, they can look to the future and exciting things to come.