Picture caption: Wyatt Kaiser
The Chicago Blackhawks introduced this month the workforce has agreed to phrases on a three-year, entry-level contract with defenseman Wyatt Kaiser. The contract runs by way of the 2024-25 season ($916,666.67 wage cap hit). Kaiser has already reported on to the Blackhawks and performed his first recreation, in opposition to the Arizona Coyotes, on Saturday, March 18. The Hawks misplaced to the Coyotes 4-2 on the street.
Kaiser’s bio and scouting report point out Kaiser’s pace, edge work, and skill to maneuver in tight areas supply him quite a lot of escape-ability beneath stress. He’s one of many uncommon defenders when drafted who could make forecheckers seem like they’re skating in quicksand. The scouting report additionally states he has a classy understanding of financial institution passes and makes use of angles expertly.
Kaiser, 20, performed in 35 video games with the College of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) throughout the 2022-23 marketing campaign, rating second on the membership in assists (18) and fourth with 23 factors (5G, 18A). He set profession highs in objectives, assists and factors.
The 6-foot, 172-pound blueliner has compiled 52 factors (7G, 45A) in 97 video games with the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs from 2020-23. Kaiser additionally helped the Bulldogs to their third NCHC Match title in 2022 and was named to the Frozen Faceoff All-Match Workforce.
The native of Andover, Minnesota, represented the U.S. within the 2022 World Junior Championship, notching three factors (2G, 1A) in 5 video games. Kaiser was initially drafted by Chicago within the third spherical (81st total) of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports activities Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He’s a Chicago native, who has been a sports activities author for over 17 years. He additionally hosts the SC Media Information and Sports activities Community Q&A radio present on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.