Blackhawks lock up Calder-finallist Kris Versteeg to three-year deal

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with winger Kris Versteeg on a three-year deal, the club announced Wednesday.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with winger Kris Versteeg on a three-year deal, the club announced Wednesday.

The 23-year-old had an impressive rookie campaign, leading all first-year pros with 31 assists while ranking second with 53 points. He was fourth among rookies with 22 goals earning him a nomination for the 2009 Calder Trophy.

“Kris’ tremendous rookie season was a big reason the team was able to go as far as it did,” Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. “He is part of a core of young players that is going to make this franchise successful for a long time.”

Versteeg, who was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team, finished third in the league with seven short-handed points, which included four short-handed markers, tying a franchise record by a rookie.

He also recorded the first-ever goal at Wrigley Field when he scored 3:24 into the Winter Classic 2009 on Jan. 1 against Detroit, finishing the game with two points.

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