The influx of young goalies being brought into Chicago continues. On Monday, the Blackhawks finalized a deal with free agent goalie Cale Morris, agreeing to an AHL contract. Morris, the 2018 Mike Richter award winner, which recognizes the best goalie in NCAA Division 1 hockey, is expected to begin his professional career with the Rockford Icehogs.
In four seasons with the Fighting Irish, Morris complied a 58-35-11 record, .931 save percentage, and a 2.18 GAA. His most impressive season was in 2018, where he put up a staggering 27-8-1 record, .944 save percentage, and 1.96 GAA. Outside of the great numbers, Morris would make highlight reel saves on a nightly basis, showing impressive reaction time and keeping strong angles between the shooter and the net.
Morris joins the organization on the heels of the Blackhawks spending a second round pick on goalie Drew Commesso. Morris however has a chance for a more immediate impact, likely serving as the backup goaltender for the Rockford Icehogs. With the starting goalie job in Chicago being decided between Malcom Subban, Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen, the third man out is expected to be sent back down to Rockford to start.