Will Borgen

Buffalo Sabres
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Fantasy Summary

Borgen is a long-term project for the Sabres, who will give him all the time he needs at the NCAA level. Getting the chance to play with and against elite talent at his age level at the 2016 World Juniors. He will gain a lot of confidence and experience in high pressure situations in the short four to eight game tournament.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth December 19, 1996
Height 6‘2”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 92

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Moorhead High USHS-MN 24 3 16 19 22 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Moorhead High MN State 3 1 2 3 2 |          
 2013-2014 B17 - Blue (Final 54) MNHP-17 3 0 0 0 - |          
  Moorhead High USHS-MN 24 6 10 16 35 | Playoffs 3 2 3 5
  Team Great Plains UMHSEHL 13 4 3 7 8 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
 2014-2015 Moorhead High USHS-MN 24 5 21 26 64 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
  Team Great Plains UMHSEHL 17 1 6 7 41 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Omaha Lancers USHL 18 1 5 6 0 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2015-2016 St. Cloud State Univ. NCAA 37 1 13 14 36 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 0 3 3 2 |          
 2016-2017 St. Cloud State Univ. NCAA 33 2 10 12 60 |          
 2017-2018 St. Cloud State Univ. NCAA 36 2 13 15 68 |          
  Rochester Americans AHL 8 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  Rochester Americans AHL 71 3 11 14 56 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2019-2020 Rochester Americans AHL - - - - - |          

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