As the rebuild begins in earnest, the Blackhawks are in the midst of a youth movement. One player I was unable to attend the team’s development camp in early July was Jale Lupine, who had a great season with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Lupine reportedly suffered an injury during the Oil Kings’ playoff run and was unable to participate in development camp. That doesn’t affect the organization’s sights on the 2021 seventh-round pick (No. 216 overall). The Blackhawks will reportedly sign the 20-year-old forward to an entry-level contract this week.
Lupine scored 29 goals in 66 regular season games for Edmonton this season. It was a campaign that raised his profile among prospects in the WHL. Listed at 5-10 and only 157 pounds, he continued his strong play with nine points in 19 postseason games.
Lupine joins Nolan Allen, Colton Dach and Ethan Del Mastro as the fourth member of the Hawks’ 2021 draft class to sign with an NHL club. And he joins Louis Crevier (2020) as the second seventh-round pick signed by general manager Kyle Davidson since taking over as GM in November.
Generally, it’s a good sign that a report will materialize when the agency closes the deal, right?
The fine folks at PuckPedia are reporting dollars on a three-year contract.