Blackhawks Ink Defenseman Gustafsson to One-Year Deal

Erik Gustafsson led the IceHogs in assists last season.

CHICAGO - The National Hockey League's 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 for the Rockford IceHogs and finished tied for the club lead among blueliners with 30 points in 68 games with Rockford 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, making an impact with the club in 2015-16 with 3g-8a-11pts in 27 games in Rockford before joining the Chicago roster.

Originally signed by Chicago as a free agent on April 30, 2015, Gustafsson made his NHL 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.

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