The Chicago Blackhawks have announced that Vincent Hinostroza has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Originally taken by Chicago in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Hinostroza has gone on to be one of the NCAA’s top forwards. He had eight goals and 32 points in 34 contests with Notre Dame in 2013-14 and followed that up with 11 markers and a team-leading 44 points in 42 games this season. His efforts led to him being selected for the 2015 First-Team All-Hockey East.
The 20-year-old also stood out internationally with three goals and five points in five games with Team USA in the 2014 World Junior Championship.
At 5-foot-9, Hinostroza is on the small side by NHL standards, although he only needs to look towards Martin St. Louis and Calder Trophy contender Johnny Gaudreau to know that he can still succeed at his height. Not that he seems to be lacking confidence as it is.
“I loved when people would call me too small when I was younger,” Hinostroza told NHL.com last year. “You’d hear the talk and just laugh about it. You just learn to use it as motivation. It helps out a lot, actually, trying to prove people wrong.”