Earlier this evening, the Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Jaxson Stauber to an entry-level contract. It’s a two-year deal with a cap hit of $883,750 that kicks in next season, meaning that unlike the recently signed Alex Vlasic, Stauber won’t likely be making an appearance in Chicago this season.
Signed on the dotted line ✍️ pic.twitter.com/LqJrGc8PMY
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 23, 2022
Stauber, 22, just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Providence Friars, where he went 21-14-2 with a 2.10 GAA, and a .921 save percentage in 37 games this season.
The Blackhawks have just one goaltender – Arvid Söderblom under contract for the 2022-23 season, with Kevin Lankinen and Collin Delia becoming UFA’s at the end of the year. Söderblom will become an RFA after the 2022-23 season.
Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson released a statement on the signing this evening:
“Restocking our prospect pool continues to be a priority for me, and agreeing to terms with Jaxson is a great step in making sure there is no drop-off in our goaltender development,” Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson said. “Building off a sophomore season in which he was named one of college hockey’s best goalies, the sustained success he displayed during his junior year was notable as we believe that will continue with our coaching. His skill and competitiveness will add to the already strong crop of goalies we have in the system.”
Stauber is the son of former NHL goaltender Robb Stauber. His father Robb played five NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres. The elder Stauber also coaches the U.S. women’s national team to a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.