Blackhawks add goaltender to pipeline, sign Arvid Söderblom originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks added another goaltender to their pipeline after signing Arvid Söderblom to a two-year, entry-level contract that runs through the 2020-23 season, the team announced Thursday. His cap hit is $883,750.
Söderblom, 21, went 13-8-0 in the Swedish Hockey League this season and ranked second among all goaltenders with a 2.03 goals-against average, second with a .922 save percentage and four shutouts in 22 appearances for Skellefteå AIK. He also went 1-1 in the postseason with a 1.54 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.
The Blackhawks now have four goaltenders under contract for the 2021-22 season: Collin Delia, Kevin Lankinen, Malcolm Subban, Söderblom and Subban. Delia, Lankinen and Subban are all set to become unrestricted free agents after next season.
Söderblom is likely to start the season with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, but could potentially be an option for the big club in the future if he can translate his overseas success to the professional level.