The Chicago Blackhawks offered striker Lucas Rachel a three-season National Hockey League entry contract on Wednesday.
The organization indicated that his first-round selection (17 overall) in the 2020 draft would have a payroll impact of $925,000 if he was able to crack the Illinois roster.
The 19-year-old German completed his second campaign in his country’s domestic league, with the polar bears in Berlin. He had 27 points in 38 games, having smashed the scoring sheet 24 times in 42 games in his first year. Rachel added five points in nine games in the last qualifiers, helping his team win the German championship.
“Lucas has made tremendous progress in his second professional season,” said Stan Bowman, head of hockey operations and general manager for the Black Hawks, in a statement released by his organization. The game seemed to slow down for him, allowing him to showcase all his skills as a playmaker. Bringing him to North America was the next logical step in his development and we are excited to add such a young and forward striker. dynamic of our group.
Rachel also had the opportunity to represent his country at the World Hockey Championship in Riga. In nine matches, he collected six points and entered his country into the bronze medal match, where Germany lost 6-1 to the United States.
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