The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Arvid Söderblom to a two-year, entry-level contract with a $883,750 salary cap hit Thursday.
Söderblom, 21, was second in the Swedish Hockey League with a .922 save percentage, shared second with a 2.03 goals-against average and four shutouts in 22 regular-season games during the 2020-21 season for Skellefteå AIK. The 6-foot-3, 179 lb goalie also had a .951 save percentage and 1.54 goals-against average in two playoff games.
Prior to joining Skellefteå AIK, Söderblom posted a .924 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average and two shutouts with Tingsryds AIF of the HockeyAllsvenskan, Sweden’s second division. The Göteborg, Sweden native played his junior hockey in his hometown with Swedish powerhouse Frölunda HC.
Kevin Lankinen, Malcolm Subban, and Collin Delia played in net for the Blackhawks this past season, with Delia also playing four games during a conditioning assignment in the AHL. Lankinen, the only goalie among the trio that is waivers exempt, appeared to emerge as the No. 1. All three are under contract through the 2021-22 season.
Matt Tomkins, Cale Morris, Tom Aubrun (AHL contract), and Ivan Nalimov (PTO) played in net for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, but only Auburn is under contract for next season. Söderblom is expected to join Rockford next season.