The Chicago Blackhawks have added another player to the organization in an official capacity from the 2022 draft class, signing third-rounder (81st overall) Samuel Savoie to an entry-level contract on Tuesday.
Savoie's contract runs through the 2025-26 season with a salary cap hit of $878,333, although it could slide back an additional season if Savoie stays in the QMJHL next season – which seems to be the likely route for him.
Savoie, who turned 19 in March, spent last season with the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques, tallying 59 points (26 G, 33 A) in 60 regular-season games. During the postseason, he added 8 more points (2 G, 6 A) in 13 games. The most frequent comparison for Savoie has been to former Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, with the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Savoie living up to that billing by racking up 108 penalty minutes in the 73 total games (regular season and playoffs) he skated in last season.
A long path remains between Savoie and the NHL, although he took plenty of steps in that direction last season. As the articles below will indicate, Savoie spent last season skating with Gatineau's top two forward lines and was often on the first line, allowing his offensive skills to shine in his first post-draft season.
Expect Savoie to receive a long look with the Blackhawks during training camp, but he'll almost certainly end up back with the Olympiques for the next hockey season, where he'll have a chance to pile up even bigger numbers in the QMJHL.