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Blackhawks sign Jacob Nilsson to 1-year contract extension

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Nilsson scored 15 goals and 32 points in 61 AHL games this past season.

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The Blackhawks signed forward Jacob Nilsson to a one-year contract extension worth $700,000 on Friday afternoon.

Nilsson, 25, did not record a point in two games with the Blackhawks this past season. The 5-foot-10, 181-pounder scored 15 goals and 17 assists in 61 AHL games for the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL and was named the team’s most valuable player.

The Blackhawks signed him to a one-year deal worth $925,000 on May 31, 2018, after he racked up 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) for Mora IK in the Swedish Hockey League. He played under Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton from 2015-17 as Mora IK played in Sweden’s second division, Allsvenskan.

Nilsson is the first player who was set to hit free agency to re-sign with the Blackhawks. Chicago has 13 forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders who will become free agents if they’re not resigned.

NHL roster players

Forwards

Marcus Kruger — UFA

Chris Kunitz — UFA

David Kampf — RFA

Brendan Perlini — RFA

Defensemen

Gustav Forsling — RFA

Slater Koekkoek — RFA

Goalie

Cam Ward — UFA

Non-roster players

Forwards

Dylan Sikura — RFA

Victor Ejdsell — RFA

Anthony Louis — RFA

Luke Johnson — RFA

Spencer Watson — RFA

Peter Holland — UFA

Jordan Schroeder — UFA

Tyler Sikura — UFA

Andreas Martinsen — UFA

Defensemen

Blake Hillman — RFA

Andrew Campbell — UFA

Brandon Davidson — UFA

Goalie

Anton Forsberg — RFA