According to The Athletic’s Scott Powers, the Blackhawks have agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with 21-year-old Matej Chalupa, a native of the Czech Republic. The deal is a two-year, $925,000 AAV pact that begins in the 2020-21 season.
The Blackhawks hope Chalupa can add to an already impressive list of players signed as free agents from Europe. Including players like Artemi Panarin in 2015 and more recently Dominik Kubalik, the Blackhawks organization seems to have a knack for finding talent that other teams may pass over.
Chalupa has spent the past two seasons playing in the Czech Republic with Hradec Kralove. In 50 games this season, the young forward registered seven goals and 17 assists, good for 24 points, over 50 games.
Though he would not be eligible to join the Hawks for this season’s playoffs, Chalupa could play in the 2021-22 season, whenever that may be.