The Chicago Blackhawks have locked up their top draft pick of the 2022 class. The team announced Wednesday the signing of Kevin Korchinski, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Korchinski's contract is a three-year entry-level deal with a $950K salary cap hit.
"Signing Kevin is an exciting moment and another step in us building organizational depth," Blackhawks' general manager Kyle Davidson said in a release. "We knew that we wanted Kevin to be a big part of this team's future, so we're happy to have him within our system, developing in this early part of his professional career. His confidence and positive attitude paired with his size will be assets as he continues to grow his game in the WHL this upcoming season."
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired the No. 7 overall pick by trading forward Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators prior to the draft. Korchinski became the first of three first-round selections the Blackhawks made on Day 1 of the 2022 NHL Draft.
Korchinski is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman with a left-handed shot. The 18-year-old registered 65 points (four goals, 61 assists) in 67 games last season for the WHL Seattle Thunderbirds.
If Kevin Korchinski returns to the WHL for the 2022-23 season as expected, his entry-level contract will slide a year.