The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Chad Krys (KRIHS) on a three-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season ($925,000/AAV). He will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
Chicago's second pick, 45th overall, in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Krys recently completed his junior season at Boston University where he posted a single-season career best eight goals. He added 20 assists in 30 regular-season games during the 2018-19 campaign. Krys became the first Terrier blueliner in 47 years to register two goals and three assists in a game on March 2 vs. Merrimack. Krys notched 58 points (20G, 38A) in his three seasons (2016-19) at Boston.
Krys, 20, spent two seasons (2014-16) with the United States National Team Development Program prior to his collegiate career. He split the 2015-16 season with the U.S. NTDP U18 and U17 teams, posting 29 points (3G, 26A) with the U18 club and 13 points (2G, 11A) in 18 USHL games with the U17 team.
The Ridgefield, Connecticut native was the youngest member of Team USA who won the bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Krys also won bronze at the 2016 U18 World Junior Championships, serving as one of the team's assistant captains. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2015 U18 WJC's, recording one goal and four assists in seven games.