Because they apparently need more defensemen in the organization, the Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly signing another one. According to Swedish media outlet Sport Bladet the Blackhawks will sign defenseman Filip Roos.
Roos, 23, appeared in 50 games for Skellefteå AIK in the SHL this season. He’s listed at 6-3 and 190 pounds and is a left-handed shot.
He is the first European free agent to sign with the Blackhawks since Kyle Davidson was named the permanent general manager.
On the NHL roster, the Blackhawks have three defensemen who need a new contract after this season: Caleb Jones (RFA), Calvin de Haan and Erik Gustafsson (UFAs). de Haan and Gustafsson are both likely gone, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks are lacking for bodies on the blue line.
The Blackhawks currently have eight defensemen in the minor leagues and juniors, seven of whom are under contract through at least the 2022-23 season. The one defensemen in the minors who needs a new deal after this season is pending RFA Wyatt Kalynuk.
Ian Mitchell, Isaak Phillips, Jakub Galvas, Nicolas Beaudin and Alec Regula have all seen NHL action. Nolan Allan, the Hawks’ first-round pick in 2021, is already signed but played this season with Prince Albert in the WHL. Louis Crevier, Chicago’s seventh-round pick in 2020, also signed earlier this year after Davidson was named the interim GM and played for Quebec in the QMJHL this season.