BLACKHAWKS AGREE TO TERMS WITH GUSTAFSSON
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a one-year contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.
Gustafsson, 25, registered a team-high 25 assists and led club blueliners with 30 points in 68 games with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs during the 2016-17 regular season. He also led the team with 185 shots and ranked second with 14 power-play points (1G, 13A). The Nynashamn, Sweden, native has posted 41 points (8G, 33A) in 95 regular-season games with the IceHogs over the past two seasons.
Originally signed by Chicago as a free agent on April 30, 2015, Gustafsson made his National Hockey League debut during the 2015-16 season, notching 14 assists in 41 regular-season games with the Blackhawks. He also added an assist in five playoff contests.
Prior to coming to North America, Gustafsson tallied 56 points (9G, 47A) in 146 career regular-season games in the Swedish Hockey League, spanning across three seasons with Frolunda (2013-15) and Djurgarden (2011-12).
Gustafsson was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.