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Chicago Blackhawks Sign Dennis Gilbert To Three-Year Deal

Chicago Blackhawks Sign Dennis Gilbert To Three-Year Deal
Published On: Fri, Apr 13
May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After we saw Jordan Gross sign with the Arizona Coyotes yesterday, another Notre Dame defenseman has decided to turn pro. Dennis Gilbert has signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, that will take him through the 2020-21 season. Gilbert is headed to the Rockford IceHogs for the remainder of the year on an amateur tryout.

While Gross may have more offensive upside, there is little to dislike in Gilberts defensive game. The 62 200-lbs defenseman is an outstanding athlete, and has taken huge strides to improve his skating over the past few seasons. A feared body checker and shut down player, he was named the Hockey East best defensive defenseman in 2017.

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