The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Erik Gustafsson on a two-year entry-level contract, his agent confirmed on Thursday.
Gustafsson, 23, had four goals and 25 assists and was a plus-2 for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League this past season. He was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round in 2012.
Gustafsson’s agent Peter Wallen said Thursday signing with the Blackhawks made sense for both sides. Gustafsson (6-0, 176) also attracted offers from other teams, according to Wallen.
“He’s a good-sized, good-strength, playmaking, left-handed defenseman,” Wallen said by phone. “The Blackhawks are lacking left-handed playmakers from the D position. That’s what they want him to develop into over the next two years and make an impact on.”
Wallen said the Blackhawks’ success and focus on development also drew Gustafsson to the organization. Wallen was unsure where Gustafsson would play next season, but he thought the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, was a possibility.