According to Scott Powers at The Athletic – Chicago, the Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year deal with defenseman Ville Pokka.
Pokka, 23, was originally a second round pick (#35) in the 2012 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, and was acquired by the Blackhawks in the trade sending Nick Leddy to the Isles. He has appeared in 76 regular season AHL games in each of the last two years with the Rockford IceHogs, but has yet to make his NHL debut.
Pokka skated for Finland at the World Cup of Hockey before last season in spite of a lower-body injury impacting his summer, according to Powers. He is a right-handed shot and is listed at 6-0 and 200 pounds.