The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward and 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft selection Andrew Shaw
on a three-year contract.
Shaw, 20, ranks third on the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs with 12 goals and third with 21 points in 33 games in his professional debut. Selected by the Blackhawks in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he also ranks second on the club with 80 penalty minutes, while his 12 markers are tied for sixth among AHL rookies, and his 21 points share 11th.
A native of Belleville, Ontario, Shaw posted a career-high 54 points (22G, 32A) and a +17 plus/minus rating in 66 regular-season tilts last year with the Owen Sound Attack, and shared 11th in the Ontario Hockey League with 135 penalty minutes. He also ranked third on the club with 10 goals, fourth with 17 points and accrued a league-high 53 penalty minutes in 20 postseason contests while helping the Attack to the 2011 OHL Championship, and led all players at the 2011 Memorial Cup with seven points (2G, 5A) in four tilts. Following the 2010-11 campaign, Shaw was honored as the OHL’s Hardest Working Player Of The Year.