By: Tristan Angulo
The Chicago Blackhawks will sign German center Dominik Kahun to a two-year, entry-level contract, according to numerous reports.
Kahun, 22, has 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games with EHC München of the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga this season.
Kahun made waves with NHL scouts at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He put up five points in seven games, which helped propel Germany’s Cinderella run in the tournament, which ultimately ended with them winning the silver medal. Kahun put 20 shots on goal in the seven games during the Olympic tournament and won 55.41 percent of his faceoffs (41 of 74).
Kahun is listed at 5-11 and 172 pounds and is a left-handed shot.
According to former NHL player and German national team coach Marco Sturm in a story about Kahun reportedly signing with Chicago:
“He has made an enormous step this year, has become much more stable and mature, I am sure that he would grab it in the NHL,” Sturm told the Hamburger Morgenpost.
This is Kahun’s write up from eliteprospects.com:
“A smart forward, who plays a reliable two-way game and is present at both ends of the ice using his tremendous skating abilities. Dominic Kahun has quick hands and is a slick stick-handler as he doesn’t need much room to dazzle with the puck through the opponent’s defense. Has a small stature, with a lot of room to bulk up and his physical play is inexistent as he shies away from contact on the ice. Poised with the puck and sees the ice well with remarkable vision. With those attributes, he can lead a team’s offense and make his teammates better.”
Due to their yearly cap crunches, the Blackhawks have routinely been singing talent from Europe. Their most successful signing so far has been Artemi Panarin, who finished in the top 10 scoring in the league, as well as winning the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year in his first season with Chicago.