Blackhawks Reportedly Sign Henrik Borgstrom To Two Year Contract

Henrik Borgstrom #95, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Henrik Borgstrom #95, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Stan Bowman has added another former first-round draft pick to his team. Henrik Borgstrom signed his two-year contract with the team yesterday as originally reported by Scott Powers of the Athletic.

For the full profile on Borgstrom check out Puck Pedia. Borgstrom’s contract is for two years at a million a season this is great for the Blackhawks because they get a full two seasons to see what he is made of.

Unlike Suter and Kubalik when they signed, Borgstrom is on a two-year deal rather than a one. So the team will be able to focus on his next contract at the same time that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are finishing up their big deals.

Borgstrom has 58 games of NHL experience over the course of three seasons since the 2017-18 season. Originally drafted with the 23rd overall pick of the 2016 NHL draft, Borgstrom has not gotten the opportunity he thought he was going to get in Florida.

The Chicago Blackhawks made the signing official earlier today.

Sometimes these former first-round picks just need an opportunity in a new city. The Hawks have a number of former first-round picks in their organization. Dylan Strome, Nikita Zadorov, and Alexander Nylander were all first-round picks that did not work out with their initial teams. Maybe Chicago can get them all to work out, but sometimes that just is not the case.

Borgstrom was the main piece in the trade that brought him to Chicago. Borgstrom was traded alongside Riley Stillman, Brett Connolly, and a seventh-round pick in exchange for Lucas Wallmark and Lucas Carlsson. Stillman recently signed a contract extension and Connolly was already locked in for the next couple of seasons, so now all members of this trade are taken care of.

Where Borgstrom fits in the Blackhawks lineup is still up in the air.

The 6’3″ forward could be a nice addition to the team’s bottom-six next season, but they also do have a lot of other potential candidates to play within the organization so someone is going to be left on the outside looking in.