The Chicago Blackhawks are adding to their young depth on defense with the addition of Jakub Galvas this morning. The 2017 fifth-round draft pick by the Blackhawks joins the team on a two-year entry-level deal that will run through the 2022-23 season with an $867,500 AAV Cap hit.
Signed on the dotted line🖊️
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) May 6, 2021
The 21-year-old Galvas has played the last five seasons at the professional level in Europe, playing three seasons with HC Olomouc in the Czech Extraliga and the past two seasons with Jukurit in the Finnish Liiga. Galvas skated in 118 games with HC Olomouc and 90 games in the past two seasons with Jukurit, he has 62 professional points over the last five seasons.
Colliton on Jakub Galvas: "Skilled, very smart player. Certainly, he's a little bit lighter. Hope obviously he's going to continue to develop his physical characteristics to play at our level. He's already played a bunch of years pro in Europe, so that's a positive." #Blackhawks
— Brandon Cain (@brandonmcain) May 6, 2021
Galvas is another small-frame defenseman in the Blackhawks system at 5’11” and 165-pounds, but his mobility and vision on the ice make him a skilled puck-mover who has a defense-first mentality. This is a decent signing by Chicago looking to continue to inject their team with young players looking to breakthrough at the NHL level. Galvas isn’t a typical “rookie” coming to North America for the first time, having already played 208 professional games by the age of 21.