Former Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Terminates SHL Contract; Returning To NHL

Former Chicago Blackhawks prospect, goaltender Matt Tomkins, has decided to terminate his contract with Farjestads BK Karlstad in Sweden, as he sets his sights on pursuing his dream of playing in the NHL.

Despite having one season remaining on his contract, the 28-year-old Canadian goalie impressed with a 20-12 record, a .911 save percentage, and a 2.53 goals-against average during the 2022-2023 season.

Tomkins also showcased his skills on an international stage, representing Canada in the Beijing 2022 Olympics with a remarkable .962 save percentage, a 1.01 goals-against average, and a shutout in three games.

Now, after successful stints in the ECHL and AHL, Tomkins is eager to make his NHL debut.

Selected in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Tomkins spent four years in the Blackhawks' system without reaching the NHL.

However, his strong performance in Sweden and international tournaments have caught the attention of NHL teams, presenting a new opportunity for him. Although details of his potential NHL contract remain undisclosed, it is expected that Tomkins will receive a two-way contract, giving him a chance to establish himself as a reliable goaltender in the minors and potentially earn an NHL call-up in the future.

With his determination and impressive track record, Tomkins is ready to pursue his ultimate goal of playing in the NHL. Photo Credit:  Reuters-USA TODAY Sports