The Chicago Blackhawks have locked up one of its top defensive prospects.
The team signed Alex Vlasic to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday, with the 20-year-old defenseman completing a three-year run at Boston University.
Known more for his physical, defensive play, Vlasic had 20 points in 82 games during his NCAA career.
Before going to college, Vlasic was a big name with the US National Team Development Program, winning gold at the 2017 U-17 World Hockey Challenge and bronze at the 2019 U-18 World Championship.
The 6-foot-6 defenseman was selected 43rd overall by Chicago in 2019.
"It’s rare to find a player of Alex’s skill level and size and we look forward to him continuing his development path with our club," Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson said in a statement. "His steady development at Boston University was noticeable and encouraging as we chart his future with our team. I know Alex shares our excitement in bringing him back home to Chicago to begin his professional hockey career."