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Avalanche draft pick Cam Morrison signs with the Chicago Blackhawks

Former Avalanche prospect signs with a division rival

NCAA HOCKEY: MAR 30 Div I Championship Northeast Regional - Notre Dame v UMASS Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Former Colorado Avalanche draft pick Cam Morrison has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Aurora, Ontario native finished last season with 13 goals and 27 points in in 37 games during his last year of NCAA eligibility.

Drafted in the second round - 40th overall - of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft out of Youngstown of the USHL, Morrison will turn pro next season after finishing four years at the University of Notre Dame.

Morrison is a big, intelligent winger who doesn’t have a very high ceiling as a professional player but he is the kind of strong skating power forward that has the opportunity to carve out a journeyman career in the NHL as a bottom-6 depth player.

The 21-year-old didn’t reach an agreement with the Avalanche after his senior season with the Fighting Irish. He became an unrestricted free agent on August 15th and quickly signed a contract with a Central Division rival. It is unlikely that Morrison will crack Chicago’s roster next season - he will likely spend the season in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs.

Morrison is yet another high draft pick from the Patrick Roy era that failed to turn into an asset for the Avalanche organization.