The excitement was palpable on Friday as Lukas Reichel met with the media after signing a three-year, entry-level contract earlier in the week.
"I'm really proud to be part of the organization," the team's first-round selection from last year's draft said. "I'm so excited and really looking forward to the future with the Blackhawks. I'm just really happy."
Given the strides the already highly-touted prospect has taken in the eight months since he was taken No. 17 overall, the Blackhawks are equally ecstatic.