Blackhawks Sign Henri Jokiharju

On Tuesday morning the Blackhawks announced the team has signed defenseman Henri Jokiharju to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Jokiharju, who will turn 19 on June 17, was drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (29th¬†overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. He is considered the organization’s top blue line prospect.

From the Hawks’ official release:

The 18-year-old recently finished his second season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League where he was named to the Western Conference Second All-Star team and posted a career-high 71 points, including career-highs in goals (12) and assists (59) in 63 games. His 59 helpers shared second and his 71 points shared third among all WHL defensemen. Jokiharju’s 71 points were the most by a Winterhawks’ defenseman since the 1993-94 season.

12 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Henri Jokiharju

  1. Good news!
    But give him time to develop before trowing him in deep water!
    Hawks still need 2 top4 d-man

    Faulk and de Haan would be nice

  2. @tab,
    Best guess on what the hawks do on draft night with their two first rounders? Who do you think they target and if they make a trade, what would they be looking at?

  3. You would have to think someone on the blueline will be traded. The Hawks have a crowded group between RFD and Chi. More and more mocks have the Hawks drafting Oliver Walstrom with the 8 pick even with Evan Brouchard on the board. I’ve heard Brouchard isn’t the strongest skater and his speed may be an issue. Although he is a bigger body so take that for what it’s worth.

    I wonder what the Hawks would need to give up for Faulk. I wonder if the 27th, a prospect (forsling) and roster player (pick anyone not named Kane, ADC, Saad or Schmaltz) would be enough? I’d be good with add Faulk and maybe Ian Cole.

  4. Apparently Blackhawks are arguing that Jokiharju was on loan to Portland. As it stands now he goes back to Portland or stays on NHL roster next season. If he stays 10 games an elc year is burned and if not he slides a year. If he was considered a loan an European clause would be in effect and allow a bigger window to evaluate him and not be tied to CHL is apparently what they want.

  5. Noah Dobson’s stock seems to be on the rise but it sounds like he will not last past 7. I would be happy with either him or Walstrom

    I would not be surprised if either Hughes or Boqvist is available at 8 which will tempt Stan given his fondness for undersized PMDs. If we’re going to pick a defenseman we should take a stud who can play the tough minutes and handle a heavy load rather than a smaller PMD (which, after all, is what both Jokiharju and Mitchell are).

  6. @Mox – given the # of defensemen they have signed and the number of people saying Bowman will be aggressive, I’m not sure the Hawks will be picking at 8 and/or 27 on Draft night.

  7. Cap friendly shows Jokiharju with no performance bonuses next season and $425,000 in 2019-20 season and $637,000 in 2020-21 season. Not surprising with amount of possible performance bonuses on the books next year.

  8. Southside — “More and more mocks have the Hawks drafting Oliver Walstrom…” >>> FULL Speed Ahead, in my opinion.

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