The Chicago Blackhawks continued to add to their defensive depth today, especially on the left side, by agreeing to a one-year, two-way deal with defenseman Erik Gustafsson.
Scott Powers of The Athletic is reporting that the deal is worth $650,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL.
Gustafsson, 25, was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth-round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with the Blackhawks in the summer 2015 and made his NHL debut later that fall. He appeared in 41 games for the Blackhawks during the 2015-16 season picking up 14 assists and a +11 goal differential.
The left-handed defender will likely start the season with the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League where he spent the entire 2016-17 season. Gustafsson had five goals, 30 points and a -27 goal differential in 68 games for the IceHogs last year.