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Blackhawks Prospect Michael Krutil Signs 1-Year AHL Contract with Rockford IceHogs

The right-handed defenseman had three assists and averaged 15:33 of ice time in 21 games as an 18-year-old this past season.

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Chicago Blackhawks prospect Michael Krutil signed a one-year AHL contract Wednesday to return to the Rockford IceHogs for the 2021-22 season.

The defenseman had three assists and averaged 15:33 of ice time in 21 games for the IceHogs in his first season in North America. Prior to coming overseas, the Praha, Czech Republic native scored one goal in four games for HC Stadion Litomerice in the Czech’s second division and skated one game for HC Sparta Praha’s under-20 team. The now 19-year-old also skated in four games for the Czechs at the World Junior Championship.

Krutil (6-foot-3, 203 pounds) was expected to play this past season in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets, who selected him in the first round (No. 24 overall) in the 2020 CHL Import Draft. However, he elected to turn pro because the WHL season did not start on time.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL Draft, Krutil was among three players from the Blackhawks’ eight-player draft class to play for the IceHogs this past season. Defenseman Issak Phillips (fifth) scored nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 27 games and signed a three-year NHL contract, which will begin next season. Forward Chad Yetman (sixth) scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in 16 games and two points (one goal, one assist) in nine ECHL games. He remains an unrestricted free agent.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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