Why Wallmark believes he can take ‘next step’ with Hawks initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks added to their ahead group on Monday by bringing in Lucas Wallmark on a one-year, $950,000 contract. The workforce additionally signed Mattias Janmark to a one-year deal earlier within the day.
It is not a flashy signing, however Wallmark is a reliable bottom-six heart who can kill penalties and has a profession faceoff win proportion of 50.9.
“I really feel like Chicago is a superb group,” Wallmark mentioned in a video convention name on Tuesday. “I like the way in which they play the sport and the way they have been taking part in right here, so I feel that is an excellent match for me how I’d play the sport. I am tremendous excited to be part of it.”
Wallmark’s greatest offensive season got here in 2018-19 when he registered 28 factors (10 objectives, 18 assists) in 81 video games with the Carolina Hurricanes. He scored a career-high 12 objectives this previous season and was on tempo to hit the 30-point mark earlier than the NHL was placed on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wallmark is aware of he is extra of a defensive specialist than an offensive participant, however that does not imply he is not striving to place up higher numbers offensively. And along with his spot within the lineup not essentially assured, the 25-year-old Swedish native will attempt to strengthen his total recreation to make him a extra priceless piece to the puzzle.
“You are by no means glad and also you all the time wish to produce extra and do extra,” Wallmark mentioned. “Hopefully I can begin producing offensively extra too and nonetheless play stable at different ends of the ice, too. I wish to be an excellent participant in each ends, and I wish to take the following step as a participant and I feel I’ve an ideal probability to try this right here with the Blackhawks.”