Blackhawks Sign Top Goalie Prospect Drew Commesso

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Blackhawks Sign Top Goalie Prospect Drew Commesso

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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Drew Commesso, who has been widely considered their goaltender of the future for a couple years, to his entry-level contract. Per the team release, Commesso will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on a PTO — which is contrary to what Scott Powers reported on Monday.

Commesso, who will turn 21 on July 19, just completed his third season at Boston University. He posted a win in 24 of his 34 appearances for the Terriers this past season while recording a .913 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average. He was also his region’s Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament, helping BU advance to the Frozen Four. He also represented the U.S. in the 2022 Olympics, posting a 2-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage.

The Blackhawks drafted Commesso in the second round (No. 46 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft with a pick they acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights in the trade that also brought Malcolm Subban and the rights to college defenseman Slava Demin to Chicago.

The addition of Commesso to the payroll for the next couple seasons means the Blackhawks have three goaltenders signed at least through the 2023-24 season. Jaxson Stauber and Petr Mrazek each have one year remaining on their respective contracts. Arvid Söderblom is a restricted free agent this summer while Alex Stalock, the Blackhawks’ nominee for the Masterton Trophy, is an unrestricted free agent.

Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab