The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Garret Ross, the team's fifth-round selection (139th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, on a three-year contract.
Ross, 20, recorded a career-high 90 points (44G, 46A) and +31 plus/minus rating in 61 regular-season games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit this year. The Dearborn Heights, Mich., native ranked seventh in the OHL and second on the Spirit in points, while his career-most 44 goals shared the team lead and fourth in the league. Ross paced the club and ranked 12th in the OHL with 114 penalty minutes.
Saginaw’s captain since Jan. 10, 2013, Ross notched 28 multi-point games this season, including a career-best five-point outing (2G, 3A) on Feb. 16 vs. Windsor. The 6-foot, 180-pound forward was honored as the OHL’s player of the week from Jan. 7-13 after posting seven points (3G, 4A) in three games. He also posted a season-long nine-game point streak (12G, 12A) from Jan. 26-Feb. 18. Ross tallied three points and eight PIM in four 2013 postseason games with Saginaw.
Over four seasons, Ross recorded 170 points (82G, 88A), a +37 rating and 421 PIM in 217 regular-season games with Saginaw, along with 17 points and 51 PIM in 34 postseason appearances. He played the last year and a half under former Blackhawks forward Greg Gilbert, who was named Saginaw’s head coach in December 2011, and was a teammate of current Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad’s from 2010-12.