Will Borgen


Moorhead Minnesota

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4th round (92nd overall), 2015


190 lbs.

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2012-13: Will Borgen skated for Moorhead High School in northwest Minnesota as a sophomore. In 30 games he scored 4 goals with 19 assists and 24 penalty minutes. Playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, the Spuds were 11-11-2 in the regular season but swept the Section 8AA tournament, defeating Brainerd, 2-0, in the championship game. Moorhead lost, 1-0, to Duluth East in the state tournament before winning two games in the AA consolation tournament. Borgen had a goal and an assist in the season finale, a 5-2 win over Eastview.

2013-14: Borgen played for Team Great Plains in the Upper Midwest Elite High School Hockey League in the fall before returning to Moorhead for his junior season. He scored 8 goals with 13 assists and 37 penalty minutes in 27 games for the Spuds. Moorhead reached the Section 8AA final, falling 7-4 to Roseau. Borgen scored 4 goals with 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 13 games for Team Great Plains. He was selected by the Omaha Lancers in the third round (53rd overall) in the 2014 USHL Entry Draft.

2014-15: Borgen committed to playing college hockey at St. Cloud State University in September 2014 and made his USHL debut with Omaha before returning to Moorhead High School for his senior season; re-joining the Lancers following the high school season. In 18 regular season games for Omaha he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -2 with no penalties. He was -3 with no points nor penalties in three USHL playoff games. Borgen scored 3 goals with 16 assists and was -1 with 22 penalty minutes in 24 high school games for Moorhead. The Spuds reached the Section 8AA championship game for the third straight season, falling 2-0 to Bemidji. Borgen was ranked 114th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Buffalo in the fourth round (92nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Borgen is an athletic, two-way skating defenseman. He is not the biggest player on the ice, but is willing to engage physically and competes every shift. He has proven he can score at the high school level, but lacks dynamic offensive ability to really translate to the pros.


Borgen made the jump directly from high school hockey to college in 2015-16 and was impressive for the bronze medal-winning USA U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. A mobile, puck-moving defenseman, he has fit right in at St. Cloud State as a freshman on a Huskies' team that was one of the top teams in the nation and challenged North Dakota for the top spot in the NCHC. Borgen does not play a particularly hard style. He is a strong skater who uses his speed and hockey instincts to take away passing and shooting opportunities and can generate plays in the transition. He is likely to use all three of the remaining years of his college eligibility but should fit in well with the other young skill players in the Buffalo system.

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