A report out of Norway is that the Blackhawks are among a number of teams interested in forward Mats Zuccarello Aasen, who was part of the Norwegian team eliminated from the Olympic tournament by Marian Hossa, Tomas Kopecky and Slovakia on Tuesday.
Zuccarello Aasen, 22, will be remembered as the tiny player on the Norwegian team from these Olympic Games; listed at 5’7 and 161 pounds, there are concerns that Zuccarello Aasen would be able to play at the NHL level. His performance in the Olympics was good enough to draw interest, however, and the Blackhawks have been confirmed as having an eye on him.
In the four games the Norwegians played, Zuccarello Aasen ranked second among their forwards in ice time (21:07 per game), was third on the team in scoring (one goal, two assists, three points) and was the only player on the Norwegian roster to have a positive plus/minus for the tournament (+1). He scored one of Norway’s three goals on Tuesday.
The addition of Zuccarello Aasen does not appear to be something that would come during the 2009-10 regular season.