The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Jacob Nilsson (JAY-kuhb NEEL-suhn) on a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2019-20 season ($700,000).
Originally signed by the Blackhawks on May 31, 2018, Nilsson spent time with Chicago and the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this year during his North American professional debut. He played in two games for the Blackhawks, making his National Hockey League debut on Dec. 23 vs. FLA. Nilsson registered 15 goals and 17 assists in 61 games for the IceHogs during the 2018-19 campaign.
Nilsson, 25, totaled 18 points (8G, 10A) for Mora IK of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2017-18 season. His point total was fourth on the team. During the prior two years (2015-17) as Mora IK competed in Allsvenskan under Blackhawks Head Coach Jeremy Colliton, Nilsson notched 61 points (29G, 32A) in 93 regular-season games, including registering career highs in goals (20) and assists (22) during the 2016-17 season. Over that two-season span, the Stockholm, Sweden native registered three goals and three helpers in nine qualification games.