Gustafsson will provide depth as the team adjusts to the absence of Duncan Keith. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner and two-time Norris Trophy recipient is expected to miss four-to-six weeks following knee surgery.
Gustafsson recorded one assist in eight games with the IceHogs this season. The 23-year-old Swede scored four goals and set up 25 others in 55 contests with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2014-15.
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A fourth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2012, Gustafsson will serve as the Blackhawks’ seventh defenseman heading into their road game versus the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.