Nebraska Omaha junior defenseman Luc Snuggerud has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, forgoing his final year of eligibility.
Snuggerud recently checked in at #55 on our list of the top 100 NHL prospects in the NCAA this season. Here’s what we wrote about him:
Snuggerud is an extremely talented offensive defenseman. He had to play more conservatively due to system in his first two years, but started to open things up a bit more this past year with Omaha needing him to shoulder more of the scoring load. He responded by putting up 31 points in 39 games, putting him in the top-10 nationally in scoring for a defenseman.
Snuggerud is a great skater with the ability to get up the ice and join rushes to create odd-man situations. He’s capable of running a power play with decent passing and a big shot from the point that he’s able to get through for goals. He’s the rare college defenseman that projects to play an offensive role on the blue line in the NHL.
As the Blackhawks tweet indicates, Snuggerud will finish the year on an amateur tryout with their AHL affiliate in Rockford before beginning a three-year contract with the Blackhawks next season.