CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed forward Lukas Reichel to a two-year contract.

The team announced the deal on Tuesday. It runs through the 2025-26 season with a $1.2 million cap hit.

The Blackhawks were hoping for a breakout performance from Reichel this season, but he struggled with inconsistency for much of the year. Reichel, who turns 22 on May 17, finished with five goals and 11 assists in 65 games.

Reichel’s development is an ongoing issue for Chicago as it tries to take its rebuilding project to the next level. The Blackhawks set a franchise record for losses by going 23-53-6 this season.

The contract gives Reichel some security as he prepares to play for Germany at the upcoming world championships in Czechia.

The 6-foot Reichel was selected by Chicago with the No. 17 pick in the 2020 draft. He has 12 goals and 20 assists in 99 NHL games.

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