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Fantasy Summary

A defensive defenceman who plays a hard-nosed style in the corners and maintains close body position against the opposition. Needs to work on his ability to take away passes as well as his outlet ability


Observations

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February 2022 – Borgen has only played in 25 games this season, with two hits, a block and a shot per game, providing one goal and one assist. He plays very limited, sheltered minutes, with a surprising 55% of his shifts starting in the offensive zone. As weird as that is, it likely won’t continue, as Borgen is not an offensive defenseman. He has driven play fairly in his advanced stats, but he will be little more than a peripherals streamer for you in your fantasy leagues. Alex Wyatt

July 2021 – Borgen has been selected in the expansion draft and will join the Seattle Kraken organization. Dave Hall

August 2020 – Borgen is a defensive defender. He scored just one goal and 11 points in 61 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL in 2019-2020. He sometimes pinches and activates to keep the puck up with the forwards but is more of a defensive presence. He prefers to make stretch passes to his teammates, although these are not always crisp nor tape-to-tape. He also likes to wrist the puck on goal when traffic is in the crease. In his own zone, he exhibits a tendency to stay close to the attacker and maintain tight gap control. However, he is not quite as good at taking away passing lanes, which can lead to the puck being passed to an opponent he should have been covering. Coming back into his own zone, he is fairly quick to retrieve the puck and is not afraid to engage physically with the opponent. He is 23 years old and has just completed the second year of his current contract with the Buffalo Sabres organization. Kevin Wong

 

February 2020 – Will Borgen’s fantasy value continues to fall. This season, he has nine points in 54 games with the Americans. At this time, Borgen’s PNHLe is 7.4. While he does not offer much in the offensive zone, Borgen plays a gritty physical game and does an excellent job of shutting down his opponents in the neutral and defensive zones. Josh Tessler

 

July 2019 – Borgen is coming off of his first season in the American Hockey League. The 22-year-old suited up in 71 games for Rochester and played in four games for Buffalo. Borgen racked up a decent of penalty minutes (56 minutes in total). His PIM total was the second highest on the Rochester Americans, but not a concern. Borgen likes to challenge the opposition, especially along the boards. He does need to get stronger and he admitted that in his locker room clean out interview. If he can get stronger, he will be even more of a physical force on the blue-line. Aside from his physical play, he is a solid puck-moving defenseman. He will deliver high quality stretch-passes, smart passes in the neutral zone and create solid zone entries. Borgen’s cross-overs and edge-work are NHL ready. In addition, in the defensive zone Borgen will drop down on the ice and attempt to block shots near the crease. While there are many positive attributes about Borgen’s skill-set, he is not likely to play in the NHL next year. The Sabres have been adding quite a bit of talent on the right side. Even if the Sabres wanted to consider Borgen playing on his off-side, there still is not a spot open for him. If he shows that he can be consistent early on this season at the AHL level, perhaps the Sabres look to create a spot for him at the NHL level. Josh Tessler

 

March 2018 – Borgen has joined the fold as he’s come to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with the club. He’s really elevated his game since being a fourth-round pick in 2015. Borgen finishes his college career with 41 points in 106 games, but point production isn’t his forte. He’ll do a lot of the little things that won’t necessarily show up on the scoresheet. Brad Phillips

 

January 2018 – Here’s something Will Borgen probably never thought he would get to add to his hockey resume so early, if ever; Olympian. Borgen was one of a few college athletes tabbed to compete for the USA in Pyeongchang. It’s quite the honour for the junior from St. Cloud State although with eight defensemen on the roster, and Borgen being the youngest by six years, it’s questionable just how much he’ll actually play. Brad Phillips

 

December 2016 – December 2016 – After a breakout season where we saw the Minnesota native shine for Team USA at the World Juniors, Will Borgen is off to a good start with the Saint Cloud State Huskies. Borgen is still the two-way defenseman that we all know and love, he is still making crisp and creative breakout passes. He has collected eight assists thus far, only five shy of last season’s total. Borgen has developed a more creative offensive game from the point that not many notice last season, which has resulted in great offensive output. Max Marko

 

December 2015 – A first year student at St. Cloud State University, Borgen has helped the Huskies go from a 20-19-1 overall record last year to a 14-4-0 record this year. Will is scoring at a half point per game rate, with zero goals, nine assists in 18 games played. He is a two-way defensemen with a little bit of offense in his game, he is able to make a great first pass out of his own zone to get the offense going in the right direction early. Borgen made it through the final cuts of Team USA for the World Junior Championships this year. He will be asked to bring his physical play along with his steady defensive game. He won’t be looked upon to be the leaded from the back end, but will likely will be a fifth to eighth defensemen on this World Junior roster. – Paul Zwambag

 

The Buffalo Sabres will have lots of patience with Borgen, who will likely attend University for the full four years to earn his degree. He will be able to progress his game to become an effective defensemen at the professional level.  He has proven he has the ability to score at the high school level, but that doesn’t guarantee that it will translate to the NHL level. – Paul Zwambag

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth December 19, 1996
Height 6‘3”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 92

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Moorhead HighUSHS-MN24 3 1619 22|Playoffs3 0 11
 2013-2014 B17 - Blue (Final 54)MNHP-173 0 00 -|        
  Moorhead HighUSHS-MN24 6 1016 35|Playoffs3 2 35
  Team Sanford Power UMHSEHL13 4 37 8|Playoffs3 0 11
 2014-2015 Moorhead HighUSHS-MN24 5 2126 64|Playoffs3 1 12
  Team Sanford Power UMHSEHL17 1 67 41|Playoffs3