Blackhawks acquire Brett Connolly from Panthers in five-player deal

Florida Panthers' Brett Connolly, left, and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. (Ben Margot/AP)

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired the rights to forward Henrik Borgstrom, forward Brett Connolly, defenceman Riley Stillman and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers.

Florida landed forward Lucas Wallmark and defenceman Lucas Carlsson in return.

Borgstrom was a first-round pick in 2016 and has spent the 2020-21 season with HIFK in the Finnish Elite League. He has 58 games of NHL experience under his belt.

“We are receiving a very exciting, young player with a bright future in Henrik Borgstrom,” said Blackhawks president and general Stan Bowman in a release. “He is a high-end talent and we think he has the ability to be a big time player for us.

"We also add to our forward depth with an experienced veteran in Brett Connolly and a physical defenceman in Riley Stillman. Connolly is a proven goal scorer and adds some versatility to our front line while Stillman is a young, physical defenceman whose aggressive style brings a different element to our defence.”

Connolly, who won the 2018 Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, has two goals and two assists for the Panthers this season. Stillman is pointless in eight games of NHL action in 2020-21.

Carlsson posted two assists in 18 career regular-season games with the Blackhawks. Wallmark had three helpers in 16 games with Chicago this year.

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