The Blackhawks have signed defenseman Ryan Stanton to a three-year entry-level contract, which begins at the start of the 2010-'11 season.
Stanton, 20, leads club blueliners with 30 assists and 40 points – both career highs – in 57 games with the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors. The St. Albert, Alberta, native is tied for the lead among Warriors defensemen with a career-best 10 goals and holds third overall on the squad with 79 penalty minutes.
Stanton has racked up 102 points (19G, 83A) and 335 penalty minutes in 240 regular-season games with Moose Jaw over the last five seasons (2006-10) which includes finishing second among team blueliners and fifth overall on the club with 34 points (5G, 29A) in 69 tilts last season.
He appeared in six postseason games with the Warriors in 2008, collecting two penalty minutes.