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Patrick Kane led the Canadian Hockey League with 145 points in 58 games last season. ((Canadian Press))

Forward Patrick Kane took another step towards opening the 2007-08 NHL season with Chicago, agreeing to a three-year, entry level contract with the Blackhawks Wednesday.

Kane, the top overall pick at the entry draft in June, will be paid a base salary of $875,000 US— the maximum for rookies — and could earn up to $850,000 in 'A' bonuses and $2 million in 'B' bonuses for a total of $3.725 million annually.

"Patrick is a dynamic and exciting young player," Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "We're pleased that he will begin a long and productive career with the Blackhawks when we open camp on Sept. 13."

Kane, 18, led the Canadian Hockey League with 145 points (62-83) in 58 games last with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

"Patrick will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the opening night roster," Tallon said.

Scouts rave about Kane's intelligence and viewed him as the most skilled player available in the draft. At five-foot-nine and 160 pounds, size appears to be the only concern.

The native of Buffalo, N.Y., was OHL rookie of the year in 2006-07 as well as a first-team all-star.

He also had five goals and nine points in nine games as the United States took home bronze at the 2007 world junior championship in Sweden.

With files from the Canadian Press