St. Cloud, MN – Apparantly it was time for SCSU’s junior defenseman to move to the next level as the Olympian inked a deal with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres this past weekend. Borgen, who earned the NCHC’s Defensive Defenseman of the Year post-season honor was the 92nd pick in the 4th round pf the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. A stalwart back on defense for SCSU, Borgen played in 106 games and compiled 5 goals and 36 assists for 41 points in his career for SCSU. He was also voted to the 2015-16 NCHC All-Rookie team and that same year was a member of the U20 World Junior Bronze Medal winning team. To top things off, he was also a member of the 2018 USA Olympic team that participated in South Korea.
A physical, feisty and athletic blueliner, he should fit in quite well at the professional level. The improvement in his skating and puck-handling skills were obvious by the end of this collegiate season.
Borgen signed a contract with the Sabres that will be in effect for the 2018-19 season and for the time being entered into a ATO (Amateur Tryout Agreement) with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres AHL affiliate for the balance of this season. It is assumed he’ll see some ice time in the AHL playoffs.
Details of his signing are as follows:
Contract: Three-Year Entry Level Contract
Base Salary: $650,000
Signing Bonus: $92,500
2018-19: Performance Bonus – $182,500
AHL Salary: $70,000
The Sabres fashioned this contract to hit the maximum entry-level salary of $925,000 allowing the $92,500 bonus (included in the salary). His AHL salary will be prorated based on number of games in the post-season. The performance bonus would only be earned if playing in the NHL in 2018-19. .
Source: Cap Friendly