Earlier today, we passed along word that Swedish blueliner Andreas Borgman — fresh off winning SHL rookie of the year — had left his club team, HV71, for a yet-to-be-announced NHL club.
Turns out it’s the Leafs.
On Tuesday, Toronto announced the Borgman signing, along with another defensive addition: Calle Rosen, a 23-year-old Swedish rearguard who spent last season with Vaxjo.
Both received two-year, entry-level deals.
Borgman, 21, is coming off a very solid campaign. He had five goals and 15 points in 45 regular season games, then had a terrific playoff as HV71 captured the league crown, finishing with 10 points in 14 games.
Passed over in his draft year, Borgman had previously starred in the Allsvenskan — the Swedish second division — and represented his country at the 2013 World Juniors.
Rosen — who, like Borgman, was passed over in his draft year — also had a quality offensive campaign. He finished second among all under-24 SHL defensemen in points-per-game.
That Toronto landed both shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Last week, Leafs coach Mike Babcock told TSN’s Darren Dreger the club planned to sign European players while in Paris for the World Hockey Championship.