Chicago Blackhawks top prospect Dylan Sikura could sign with the team soon, according to a report by Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. Sikura, a forward for Northeastern University, is currently playing in the NCAA Tournament.
If Northeastern loses Saturday against the University of Michigan or Sunday against Boston University, Sikura could be in the Blackhawks’ lineup as soon as Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets. By signing as soon as next week, Sikura will burn a year of his entry-level contract by playing the final five games of the season.
If Northeastern wins two games this weekend, it will reach the Frozen Four, which begins on April 5. The Blackhawks season ends on April 7, so a Frozen Four appearance for Sikura and the Huskies would mean Sikura would not play in the NHL at all this year. That, in turn, opens up the possibility that Sikura could wait until August 15th and become an unrestricted free agent. Sikura, a sixth-round pick in 2014, has become one of college hockey’s elite players, racking up 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 34 games his senior year. He also scored 21 goals last year, his junior year.
“He’s got some real good patience and play-recognition,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said about Sikura. “Got some quickness to his game. But he’s really improved over the years here.”
Sikura’s brother, Tyler, just signed a one year extension with the Blackhawks. He is currently playing with the Rockford Ice Hogs.