Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Blackhawks Sign Two Of Their RFA's

Don't get too excited.  It's not Marcus Kruger.  It's not even Joakim Nordstrom.  But it is a good thing.  The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed two of their young defensive prospects, Viktor Svedberg, and Sam Jardine.  Both receive one year contract extensions.

Svedberg, 24, has played the last two years with the Rockford Icehogs accumulating 5 goals and 18 assists in 84 games.  At 6'9", he's a young, big, defenseman that the Hawks would like to see become a force on the defensive line.  He has the size, and his defensive game has gotten better.  He was a +14 last year with the Icehogs.  He was recalled during the Blackhawks playoff run and practiced with them throughout the playoffs.

Jardine, 21, was a 6th round pick (#169 overall) for the Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  He spent the last 3 years playing with the Ohio State Buckeyes totaling 3 goals and 29 assists in 97 games.  Jardine participated at this year's Blackhawks Prospect Camp and was one of the bright spots coming out of it.

With the defensive crop being a bit thin after the trades of young defensemen, Stephen JohnsAdam Clendenning and Klas Dahlbeck, Svedberg and Jardine are now near the top of the Hawks' defensive prospects.


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