CHICAGO (AP) -Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in last month's NHL draft, signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old forward is a "dynamic and exciting" player who "will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the opening night roster," Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Kane led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring last season with 62 goals and 83 assists with the London Knights and was the OHL's rookie of the year.
"The Blackhawks organization has treated my family and me in a first class manner and I'm looking forward to a long and exciting career with the team," Kane said in a statement. "The first step will be to come to what will be a very competitive training camp and earn a spot on the roster."
Blackhawks camp opens Sept. 13.