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THREE THINGS: Get to know Brandon Manning

The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on a contract with free agent defenseman Brandon Manning

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Read three things to know about defenseman Brandon Manning, who the Blackhawks agreed to terms with on the opening day of free agency.

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1. UNDRAFTED

Manning is the story of a player who worked his way up from being passed over by the league. After going undrafted, the Philadelphia Flyers signed him to an entry-level deal in 2010.

He captained his Chilliwack Bruins team in junior, scoring 21 goals in his final WHL season.

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He then went on to play four games for the Flyers as a rookie, but spent the majority of the season in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Phantoms.

2. AHL ALL-STAR

Manning continued to hones his skills in the development league for Adirondack, splitting time between there and the big club for the next few seasons.

He impressed at the minor league level, being named to the AHL All-Star game for the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons.

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2012-13 was a solid year for Manning at the AHL level. Wearing the "A" as an assistant captain, the blueliner recorded 21 points in 56 games.

In 2014-15, he really broke out. In 60 games, Manning scored 11 goals and added 32 assists for the now Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The very next season, Manning became a full-time NHLer.

3. CAREER YEAR

Manning is coming off a career season for the Flyers. Offensively, he scored a career high seven goals in 65 games and added another high in assists with 12. He helped Philadelphia qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he played in all six games, registering 14 penalty minutes.

He's described as a feisty, physical, stay-at-home defender.

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