After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Blackhawks maintained some depth with the signing of a familiar face.
Forward Andreas Martinsen signed a one-year contract extension on Thursday morning that will keep him within Chicago's organization for another season.
The bruiser and eighth Norwegian-born NHL player only played in nine games with the Blackhawks last season and tallied one goal. But Martinsen provides assurance for the team and brings much needed aggression to the table, recording a team-high 35 hits during his brief tenure in the NHL this past season.
At 27 years old, Martinsen spent most of his time with the Blackhawks AHL affiliate last year, notching 12 goals and 16 assists in 64 appearances with the Rockford IceHogs during the regular season. The forward also contributed to Rockford's impressive Calder Cup Playoffs run to the Western Conference Finals with five total points in 13 games.
Most importantly, Martinsen's new contract helps the Blackhawks maintain a veteran player who can provide a spark of momentum for a team that finished with a losing record last season. The winger is also monstrous in size, standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 229 pounds, which makes him the second tallest forward on the Blackhawks behind Artem Anisimov.
Before joining the Blackhawks in the beginning of 2017, the undrafted Martinsen previously played professionally in Germany and appeared in 64 combined games with the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadians throughout the 2016-17 season. His professional experience is highlighted by 128 career games in the NHL and two postseason appearances with the Canadiens.