Entwistle scored his fifth goal of the season in AHL Rockford's 4-2 win over Manitoba on Tuesday.
Entwistle's statistics -- five goals, five assists in 18 games -- are fine for a 20-year-old, first year pro, but a deeper dive into the numbers raises some concerns. Entwistle has just 17 shots on goal and is currently rocking a ridiculous and totally unsustainable 29.4 percent shooting percentage. He's going to be in real trouble once that number reverts back to the mean. Entwistle is a solid all-around prospect who figures to be held back by a lack of foot speed. His inability to generate offense early in his AHL run is not encouraging considering he doesn't skate well enough to fill a checking-line role for Chicago down the line.
Entwistle has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks. The deal is worth $925,000 annually.
The 19-year-old winger is averaging a point per game (six goals, four assists) with OHL Hamilton. Drafted by the Coyotes (2017 third-rounder), Entwistle was traded to the Blackhawks this past July in a deal that saw the 'Yotes take on the dead money from Marian Hossa's contract. Entwistle should already be drawing interest from owners in dynasty leagues, particularly because the prospect is now one step closer to turning pro.
Entwistle was included in Thursday's trade that saw Marian Hossa (illness), Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick shipped to Arizona in a swap for Marcus Kruger, two other prospects along with Entwistle and a 2019 fifth-round selection.
The move ends Entwistle's brief stint with the Coyotes organization following his selection with the 69th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The winger will be joined in the Hawks' system by Jordan Maletta and Andrew Campbell. The 18-year-old Entwistle will likely spend another year with OHL Hamilton before linking up with AHL Rockford.
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