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Denver's Borgstrom Discusses Future After Winning National Title

by Avash Kalra/Senior Writer (@AvashKalra)

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CHICAGO — Denver freshman sensation Henrik Borgstrom finished tied for the team lead in goals (22) this season, and after the game, the Finnish-born center known as "The Artist" struggled to find words to describe winning the national title.

"I've been always wondering why everyone's been saying after they win a championship that the feeling is unreal," said Borgstrom, who scored a goal in Thursday's national semifinal win over Notre Dame. "It's like, you've got to feel something. But now that we've actually won the whole thing, my head is empty. I can't find words. You feel so happy, so blessed. It's a weird feeling. You can't really describe it."

Last summer, Borgstrom was selected by the Florida Panthers with the 12th overall selection in the NHL Entry Draft. Already, several freshmen around the country have signed with NHL teams — from Boston University's Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes), the national rookie of the year, to Michigan Tech goaltender Angus Redmond (Anaheim Ducks).

Now, with Denver's season over — capped by the eighth national championship in program history — attention turns to Borgstrom, who at the Frozen Four centered an all-freshman line with classmates Liam Finlay and Tyson McLellan.

Borgstrom insists that, despite one of the top rookie campaigns in the country, there's room for immediate improvement.

"I'm still pretty skinny, and I need more time in my opinion," said Borgstrom. "Of course, I took huge steps during the season. But I think that, although I scored a lot of points in the season, that might give a wrong picture of me. I can still be better."

Denver heads to the offseason as a potential early favorite to be among the top teams in the country next season, too. A return from Borgstrom would mean wonders in that regard.

So will Borgstrom turn pro or return to Denver for his sophomore season?

"It's hard to say right now," said Borgstrom, the first Denver player drafted in the first round since Beau Bennett's selection by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010. "But if I had to make a decision right now, I'd be coming back."

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