Who’s the first star of the week for the Big Ten? None other than Blackhawks prospect and Michigan Wolverines forward Frank Nazar, who continues to push the issue that perhaps an entry-level deal might be on the horizon if it keeps up.
With five points in two games, and a seven-game point streak, Nazar continues to produce and has 14 points (5-9) in those seven games since returning from winning Gold with the United States. Written about previously on CHN, Nazar seems the best positioned of the Blackhawks prospects to take the Kevin Korchinski path to Chicago next season, bringing another one of Kyle Davidson’s draft picks to the big club.
Frank Nazar Continues To Make His Case
The 12-9-3 Wolverines are sub .500 in the Big Ten, which could make this year’s but last year’s conference record was just three games above .500. Michigan would go onto win the Big Ten Tournament and then make it to the Frozen Four, falling to eventual National Champion Quinnipiac. Another run isn’t out of the question but if that run should end earlier this season, would the Blackhawks look into signing Nazar?
Or like Logan Cooley, will they wait until the summer to make that call? This again goes into the timeline that Davidson has in place. He’s already re-signed Petr Mrazek, Jason Dickinson, and Nick Foligno, where that familiarity and veteran presence will help the team as more young players arrive.
It seems a hint, too, that whether an entry-level deal is offered sooner rather than later, Nazar might be one of those young players if indeed things keep going as well as they have been.
He’s had some company with fellow American teammates Oliver Moore, Sam Rinzel and Gavin Hayes all enjoying great play following their Gold Medal victory. So the watch is on as they all enter the home stretch of their respective regular seasons.
But Nazar is the clear front runner to be in Chicago soon.