CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forwards Mikael Hakkarainen (MIGH-kuhl hock-uh-RIGH-nuhn) and Tim Soderlund (SOH-duhr-luhnd) on three-year contracts that each run through the 2021-22 season ($925,000/AAV).
Drafted by Chicago in the fifth round (139thoverall) of the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, Hakkarainen recorded 47 points (19G, 28A) in 42 regular-season games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League during the 2018-19 campaign. The Helsinki, Finland native shared a team-high nine points (4G, 5A) in eight playoff contests with the Lumberjacks. He also appeared in one game with Providence College during the 2018-19 season. Over three seasons (2016-19) with Muskegon and the Chicago Steel, the 21-year-old forward has 111 points (43G, 68A) in 126 USHL regular-season games and 10 points (4G, 6A) in 13 postseason games.