Say what you will about Stan Bowman as the Chicago Blackhawks general manager, but one thing that cannot be ignored is his ability to add some depth through signings like the one we saw today. The Blackhawks have signed goaltender Arvid Soderblom.
Arvid Soderblom will join the Blackhawks organization having just finished up his season with Skellefteå AIK. The new Hawks goalie played in 22 games posting a 2.03 goals-against average.
Soderblom should get a decent opportunity with this team just based on the state of the goaltending in Chicago. While both Lankinen and Subban showed some promise this season, and are a part of the goalies I believe could start next season, I would still like to see the team keep looking.
Soderblom could potentially start the season in Rockford before getting a look in the NHL if he can be a reliable guy in the AHL. Goalies often take a little bit more time than skaters to reach the NHL, so we shouldn’t really expect him to make that big of an impact next season.
Hopefully, this can be another great signing from Stan Bowman for the Blackhawks.
We have seen Stan Bowman sign Pius Suter, Dominik Kubalik, Wyatt Kalynuk, Brandon Hagel, and many other players in the past. Hopefully, Soderblom can be another successful addition for the Hawks general manager.
Even Kevin Lankinen was an undrafted goalie when he signed with the Blackhawks and look at where he is at now. With goalies these days in the NHL, sometimes all they need is an opportunity before they break away and become a star goaltender.
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Soderblom has shown his worth overseas, and maybe next season that will lead him to the NHL for a game or two. Obviously, Drew Commesso is still the most likely future pick to lead the Blackhawks from the paint, but you can never have too many goalies within an organization!