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Chicago Blackhawks Sign Top Prospect Nick Leddy

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IJuly 27, 2010

According to sources in Minnesota, the Blackhawks will soon announce that they have agreed to an entry-level deal with defenseman Nick Leddy.

Leddy was one of the most impressive players at the prospect camp earlier this summer, and will reportedly begin the year in Rockford, leaving the University of Minnesota.

A source indicated that Minnesota coach Don Lucia told an alumni function on Tuesday that Leddy would leave the Gophers to go pro with the Hawks.

Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune is reporting the deal is for three years and $2.7M.

Leddy, the 16th overall selection in the 2009 Draft, was acquired with Kim Johnsson for Cam Barker early last year. He is rated as the No. 1 prospect in the Blackhawks' organization by CommittedIndians. He missed a good part of his freshman season at Minnesota after breaking his jaw on Oct. 30, but looked exceptional while skating with Shawn Lalonde at the prospect camp in Chicago.

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