RELEASE: Blackhawks Agree to Terms with Lukas Reichel
Chicago signs 2020 first-round pick to three-year entry-level contract ($925,000 salary cap hit)by Chicago Blackhawks Communications / Blackhawks.com
The Chicago Blackhawks today announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Lukas Reichel (LOO-kuhs RIGH-kuhl) on a three-year entry-level contract that runs through the 2023-24 season ($925,000 salary cap hit).
"Lukas made tremendous strides in his second year as a professional. The game appeared to slow down for him this past season, which allowed his play-making skills to be on full display," said Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman. "Bringing him over to North America is the logical next step for his continued development and we're excited to be able to add such a young, dynamic player to our forward group."
Video: Lukas Reichel's top plays with Eisbaren Berlin
Reichel, selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 2020 National Hockey League Draft by the Blackhawks, recorded five points (2G, 3A) in nine postseason games en route to helping Eisbären Berlin capture the 2021 championship in Germany's top professional league, the DEL. Reichel totaled 27 points (10G, 17A) in 38 regular-season games. He posted two goals and four assists in nine games at the 2021 IIHF World Championship with Team Germany.
The 19-year-old registered 24 points (12G, 12A) in 42 games during the 2019-20 season as a rookie for Eisbären Berlin. He played against the Blackhawks as a part of the 2019 National Hockey League Global Series Challenge at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 29, 2019.
Prior to joining Eisbären's professional team, Reichel split the 2018-19 season between Eisbären Juniors Berlin U17 and U20 teams. He appeared in four games with the U17 club, notching six points (3G, 3A) in four games and skated in 32 games with the U20 team, recording 42 points (11G, 31A) in 32 games. The 6-foot, 172-pound forward also appeared in five postseason games with the U20s, tallying seven points (3G, 4A).
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A native of Nurnberg, Germany, Reichel represented Germany at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he notched five points (3G, 2A) in seven games. He also helped his home country to a gold medal in the 2019 Under-18 World Championship where he tallied three goals and two assists in five games.
Reichel's father, Martin, is a member of the German Hockey Hall of Fame. He was drafted 37th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1992 NHL Draft and played 20 seasons of professional hockey in Germany. His uncle, Robert Reichel, skated in 830 career NHL games and won a gold medal for the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.