Henrik Borgstrom

Blackhawks Sign Henrik Borgström

The Blackhawks offseason isn’t 24 hours old and the spending has reportedly already begun. On Tuesday evening, GM Stan Bowman announced during an exclusive season ticket-holder interview the team has signed forward Henrik Borgström two-year deal that runs through the 2022-23 season and reportedly carries a $1 million cap hit.

Scott Powers at The Athletic reported the deal earlier on Tuesday.

The Hawks acquired Borgström in the trade that sent defenseman Lucas Carlsson and center Lucas Wallmark to the Florida Panthers; Chicago also received forward Brett Connolly, defenseman Riley Stillman and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft in that deal.

Borgström played college hockey at the University of Denver, where he was teammates with current Hawks defenseman Ian Mitchell and former Hawks prospect Blake Hillman. When the trade was made, Bowman admitted he was Borgström caught his eye.

“Henrik was a dominant college player,” Bowman said in early April. “One of the best college players I’ve seen the last 10 years.”

19 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Henrik Borgström

  1. Bowman: “One of the best college players I’ve seen in the last 10 years”

    Q probably: “Meh, give him to Stan he’ll think he’s getting a steal”

  2. great start to the off season. big and skilled. hope he is a first round failure late bloomer as opposed to strome and perlini. now trade strome.

  3. I hope he fits the bill and can be productive in the top six. Strome doesn’t appear to be in the Hawks future at #2c, maybe Borgstrom can? My worry is that he seems to be a less accomplished, older version of Strome. Reclamation projects can pay off, but more often than not don’t. Here’s hoping that Borgstrom can.

  4. Time will tell if it’s a good move ,I have the feeling he will be .
    Maybe some teams will try to get DeHann, Strome ,
    Would like to get a free agent or 2 .

  5. Does anyone have any reports on Borgstom`s Skating. His size is similar to Strome and even though he may not be very physical, neither was Strome so there`s no loss there. They`re similar in age as well. If his skating is better than Strome`s then I`m hopeful he can at the very least lock down the third line center role. If that happens it`s a win win , especially if he comes in a lot cheaper than Strome.

  6. Jim Ross from videos of him it shows him scoring on rush getting past defenseman, at nhl level as well. Seems to move good for a big guy, elite prospects description of him says “he can dangle even if there is 2 or 3 defenders on him”. Have to wait and see for sure i guess but looks like his skating is better than Strome alright.

  7. Rave reviews hope he is better than eddsell if so I like stillman this could turn out to be a real steal if not a salary dump from Florida for Connelly

  8. Thanks Ian. I hope skating, size, and heavy play is some of Bowman`s focus going forward. We have the skill,……. missing some of the above.

    Thanks again

  9. This is a good start to head in the right direction that continues with moving on from Strome. Get Kane healed and toss him between Kane and Debrincat and let’s see what it looks like.

  10. No question the guy has skill/hands.

    But – what is NOT measured in these reports/drafts- is the amount of Compete/toughness/work ethic that the player has. Watching guys like Hagel and Suter is a breath of fresh air. They are NOT the toughest in strength or Hitting, But they compete hard and have a special drive. Combined with decent skill and Higher than average IQ. Guys like Kruger and Frolik also had these traits.

    Borgstrom? I don’t know where he is on that scale. Let’s hope he has it more than Strome. Strome- may still be useful- it just has to be has a winger- not Center.

    Bowman still won that trade- Stillman better than both Walmark/Carlsson.

    Even if Borgstom does not have the drive/toughness- if he is as fast as Strome- Bowman just landed a cheaper version of Strome.

    Really Hoping Bowman can land that Zhafyarov from KHL- reports on him – Has “special” gear/compete/IQ – and he is NHL ready.

    Hawks aren’t going to suddenly develop 3-4 Ladds/Buffs- just not that easy. So better to find ” tough” guys like Hagels/Shaws/Zhafy/Froliks- who bring it every shift/ are responsible/IQ/ never take shifts off– for quicker “re-build”.

  11. Watching a player’s highlights are more fool’s gold than proof in the pudding because they show the players best plays which only shows what he is capable of and not the actual way he plays game in and game out. Having said that, seeing what he is capable of is valuable to set his ceiling in comparison with other players.

    My first takeaway from watching Borgstrom’s highlights is that he has good agility and dangle and gets his shot off in the blink of an eye. What is not discernable from the highlights is his straight line speed, compete level and physicality.

    With his offensive skills, and they are very good, why hasn’t he been able to translate them to the NHL? It would seem he may be another 1st round reclamation project where the hope is he has found his light switch and flipped it on.

    I’ve read that perhaps he is similar to Strome – same size and good skills and possibly lack of consistent compete level – well that might be true but there is no way Strome can skate his edges like Borgstrom does. So here’s hoping.

  12. This.

    I got a feeling he is going to be a good top 9 player.

    HAWKS2010
    May 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm
    Time will tell if it’s a good move ,I have the feeling he will be .

  13. @Hawks2015 must have slept through the season.

    “How about….Draft and develop ,can ya do that Stan ?”

    Idiotic statement.

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