The Chicago Blackhawks have added another depth piece to their team on Saturday morning, as they signed Wilmette-native Tommy Wingels to a one-year contract.
Wingels, who has played for the San Jose Sharks and the Ottawa Senators in his NHL career, is a bottom-six center who showed flashes of offensive upside earlier in his career, but has since dipped in the scoring department. He scored two goals and had two assists in 36 games for the Senators last season, and he didn’t register any points in nine playoff games.
WIngels will be joining a Blackhawks forward group that will be looking to add veteran depth to a mix of younger players. Patrick Sharp also reunited with the Blackhawks on Saturday, and players like Alex DeBrincat and Alexandre Fortin could potentially crack the lineup when the regular season begins in October.
The Blackhawks still have some areas to address, including their blue line and their back-up goaltending position. The team did sign Anton Forsberg, acquired in the Brandon Saad trade, to a contract, but there’s a chance they’ll want to bring in another netminder to compete with him and give the team some organizational depth at the position for the next year.