Officially official: Connor Bedard signs with the Blackhawks

The highest touted prospect in the history of the franchise turned 18 on Monday and sealed the deal.

Officially official: Connor Bedard signs with the Blackhawks
Source: Regina Pats (Keith Hershmiller)

The Blackhawks announced the signing Monday morning, which also just so happens to be the 2023 No. 1 overall pick's birthday.

A team statement announcing the signing included these comments from GM Kyle Davidson:

“Signing Connor is a huge step in building a new foundation for our organization. We’re excited to see him grow and play a large role in pushing our team forward for many years to come.”

The three-year deal carries an annual cap hit of $950,000, with some performance bonuses worked in.

The Type “A” bonuses are worth $250,000 each and Bedard can earn an additional $1 million dollar maximum by hitting any four of these milestones:

  • 20 goals
  • 35 assists
  • 60 points
  • Top six in ice time among forwards (in total and/or per game) on team (minimum 42 games)
  • Top three in plus/minus among forwards on team (minimum 42 games)
  • 0.73 points-per-game (minimum 42 games)
  • End-of-season all-rookie team
  • All-Star selection
  • All-Star MVP

The Type "B" bonuses are where it starts to get real interesting. Bedard can earn an additional $2.5 million if he ends up doing any of the following:

  • Ranking in the top 10 of NHL forwards in goals, assists, points, or points-per-game (minimum 42 games played)
  • By winning any of the Hart, Selke, Richard, or Conn Smythe trophies
  • By being a first or second-team All-Star
Thinking about those Type "B" bonuses.

Bedard is a lock to make the Blackhawks' NHL roster this season as their No. 1 center. Signing his first professional contract is another milestone in a year that's sure to be full of many incredible moments.

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