The Chicago Blackhawks have signed German center Dominik Kahun to an entry-level contract.
Kahun himself announced the deal on his Instagram account today.
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 past cap space crunches, the Blackhawks have been looking to Europe to find players with untapped potential. Their most successful signing so far has been Artemi Panarin, who won the Calder Trophy his first year in Chicago. Panarin, along with defenseman Michal Kempny, another European free agent signing, have long been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals, respectively.
Forward David Kampf and defenseman Jan Rutta, Chicago’s other European free agents, are still with the team.