Blackhawks Sign Evan Barratt To Entry-Level Deal

Barratt will forgo his senior season at Penn State to join the Blackhawks organization.

670 The Score Staff
April 02, 2020 - 2:31 pm
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(670 The Score) The Blackhawks signed 21-year-old forward Evan Barratt, one of their top prospects, to an entry-level deal, they announced Thursday.

Barratt will forgo his senior season at Penn State to join the Blackhawks organization, which selected him in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Barratt had 12 goals and 22 assists in 34 regular-season games as a junior at Penn State this past season. He also was a member of the Team USA squad that earned a silver medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2019.

In additional moves Thursday, Chicago signed 21-year-old forward Andre Altybarmakyan to an entry-level deal as well and retained forward Matthew Highmore and goalie Kevin Lankinen on contract extensions. 

The Blackhawks selected Altybarmakyan in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He played for HK Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League and HK Tambov of the VHL in this 2019-'20 season, when he posted 17 points (six goals and 11 assists) in 49 games.

Highmore, 24, split time between the Blackhawks and AHL Rockford this season before it was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. He had two goals and four assists in 36 games with Chicago, while recording four goals and eight assists in 21 games at Rockford. Highmore signed a two-year deal that carries an average annual value of $725,000 through the 2021-'22 season. 

Lankinen, 24, had a 3.03 goals against average and .909 save percentage at AHL Rockford this season before play was halted. He signed a two-year extension that carries an average annual value of $800,000 through the 2021-22 season.