Michigan Tech senior forward and Hobey Baker finalist Tanner Kero has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kero was undrafted in the NHL Draft(though one keen observer would have picked him), but put together a strong four-year career playing in his hometown at Michigan Tech that culminated with an incredible senior season. Kero put up a 20-26-46 scoring line in 41 games this season and was named the WCHA's Player of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year.
As a pro prospect, Kero is a bit undersized, but makes up for that with excellent hockey IQ. His creativity and vision make him an excellent playmaker and he has decent scoring ability to go along with being a responsible defensive player.
Kero reportedly had numerous NHL suitors after his impressive final campaign. Kero will report to the Blackhawks AHL affilaite in Rockford to close out the season, with his two-year contract beginning next season.