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Blackhawks make major moves, sign top prospect Written by StajanFan - November 30th, -0001
With the recent deals that shocked the league, which included dealing away veterans Richard Zednik and Mathieu Schneider, GM Aaron Zwack announced today that the team has signed their top prospect, and the top prospect in the CMHL, defenceman Erik Johnson.

"I am thrilled to sign my entry level contract today and officially become part of this team. I'm confident that I can make this team and make a difference in Chicago this year in their goal to win the Stanley Cup. Coach Quenneville told me over the phone today that he will give me every oppurtunity in the preseason to make the team and log quality minutes if I impress enough. I'm looking forward to it." Erik Johnson told the media this afternoon.

GM Zwack contemplated moving Schneider to make room all offseason long despite putting him on the block numerous. "It was a difficult and very risky move to make, as Mathieu was a leader on and off the ice for us, and a mentor for Duncan Keith and helped develop Derek Morris into a top defenceman in this league. But Erik has shown in college that he is ready for the CMHL, and he makes our deep defensive squad, he has a legitimate shot to win the Calder Trophy, he's that good. Coach Quenneville has even mentioned the possibility of pairing him with Nik Lidstrom, giving us an extremely balanced and dynamic blueline."

With the recent moves, here is a look at their projected lineup for the upcoming season.

Ovechkin - Crosby - Afinogenov
Demitra - Brind'Amour - Thomas
Moen - McAmmond - Bergfors
R. Johnson - Stajan - Hagman

Lidstrom - E. Johnson
Keith - Morris
Orpik - White

Khabibulin
Ramo

Niklas Bergfors, Erik Johnson, and Karri Ramo, are all rookies, and are all expected to make the team.

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