March 16, 2017
Greg Boysen

General manager Stan Bowman has been a draft pick signing machine of late as the Chicago Blackhawks signed defensive prospect Luc Snuggerud to a three-year entry level contract on Wednesday.  Snuggerud joins forwards John Hayden and Anthony Louis as draft picks to have signed their first professional contract within the last week.

Snuggerud, 6’1 and 190 lbs, was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the fifth-round of the 2014 NHL Entry draft.  The left handed defenseman just finished his third season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he put up 17 goals, 65 points and a -15 goal differential in 113 career games.  His 11 goals this season were tied for the most goals by a defenseman in the NCAA.

The Eden Prairie, MN native is known for his puck moving abilities, but he has also improved in the defensive end of the ice during his college career.  He led all Omaha defensemen in shots over the past three seasons.

Snuggerrud will forgo his senior season as his contract will go kick in at the start of next season.  He will finish out this season with the Rockford IceHogs on an amateur tryout contract. 

He already has the best nickname in the Blackhawks organization! How can you not cheer for a guy called Snuggy?

Source: Chicago Blackhawks
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