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THREE THINGS: What you need to know about Ryan Carpenter

Get to know free-agent signing Ryan Carpenter

by Chris Kuc / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks bolstered their depth up the middle with the addition of center Ryan Carpenter, signing the 28-year-old to a three-year, free-agent contract that carries an AAV of $1 million.

Here's what you need to know about Carpenter:

HISTORY LESSON

The Ovideo, Fla., native posted the most points of his NHL career with the Golden Knights last season, recording five goals and 13 assists in 68 games.

After playing three seasons with Bowling Green University and going undrafted, Carpenter was signed by the Sharks as a free agent in 2014. During the '17-18 season, he was waived and then claimed by the Golden Knights, with whom he helped reach the 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

HE'S A GOOD DUDE

While playing with the AHL San Jose Barracuda in 2016, Carpenter not only led the team in scoring, but he also captured the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award for outstanding community service.

HE CAN WIN A DRAW

The right-handed shot-an aspect that Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman wanted to add to the lineup-has won 50.6 percent of faceoffs during his career, including 161 of 306 last season (52.6 percent) with the Golden Knights.

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