Blackhawks sign fast-rising prospect Michal Teply to entry-level contract

Teply, a 2019 fourth-round pick, had a fantastic debut season in Canadian juniors this past year.

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Michal Teply was the Blackhawks’ fourth-round pick at last year’s draft.

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The fastest-rising prospect in the Blackhawks’ pipeline signed his NHL entry-level contract.

Michal Teply, the Hawks’ fourth-round selection in last year’s draft, announced Friday on Instagram that he inked his deal. The Hawks later confirmed the three-year deal with a roughly $826,000 cap hit.

Teply, who won’t turn 19 until late May, evolved from a no-name reach of a pick to an increasingly exciting forward prospect practically overnight this season.

In 2018-19, he recorded just two points in 15 games with his Czech team, Liberec. But he decided to jump to North America for 2019-20, joining the rebranded Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League (one of Canada’s three major junior leagues), and became an instant star.

Playing alongside Vegas first-round pick Peyton Krebs, Teply exploded for 29 goals and 34 assists — 63 points — in 53 games, ranking second on the team and 32nd in the league. That was an incredible accomplishment for an 18-year-old rookie with no Canadian junior experience.

The 6-3 wing also starred on the Czech Republic’s U20 World Juniors team, tallying five points in five games.

Teply slid up to No. 5 on the Sun-Times’ midseason Hawks prospect rankings — ahead of No. 7 Evan Barratt, who signed his own entry-level contract to significant fanfare last week — and likely would’ve been a first- or second-round pick in a 2019 re-draft.

Teply’s deal cements that the Hawks were just as impressed by his 2019-20 campaign as the hockey world was. He’ll likely still return to the WHL next season, though.

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