Chicago Blackhawks: Evaluating The Brandon Manning Trade

The Chicago Blackhawks recently made a move involving defenseman Brandon Manning.

In one of my first articles, Chicago Blackhawks Trade Incoming, I wrote about how the Chicago Blackhawks might be interested in moving defensemen Brandon Manning and Jan Rutta.

Well, on December 30th 2018, it was first reported that the Chicago Blackhawks had dealt Brandon Manning. So, for this particular post, I’ve decided to evaluate the trade that the Blackhawks made.

Who was involved in the trade?

The trade was made between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers. The Chicago Blackhawks dealt Defensemen Brandon Manning and Robin Norell for Forward Drake Caggiula and Defenseman Jason Garrison.

Let’s start off with what the Blackhawks gave up. They gave up prospect defenseman Robin Norell. He is currently playing in Sweden for Djurgårdens IF. He has 0 goals, 3 assists for 3 points in 28 SHL games. The Blackhawks also gave up defenseman Brandon Manning. He currently has 1 goal, 2 assists for 3 points in 28 NHL games.

According to CapFriendly, Brandon Manning is making 2.25 million for the next two years and Robin Norell is still on his ELC.

Now let’s look at what the Oilers gave up. They traded forward Drake Caggiula. He currently has 7 goals, 4 assists 11 points in 29 NHL games. The Blackhawks also got defenseman Jason Garrison, who currently has 1 goal, 0 assists for 1 points in 17 NHL games.

According to CapFriendly, Drake Caggiula is making 1.5 million for the next two years.

The reason I don’t bring up Jason Garrison’s contract is because he is currently on unconditional waivers according to Scott Powers.

Who do I think won the trade?

I’m going to try to be as unbiased as possible. I believe that the Chicago Blackhawks won this trade. Drake Caggiula is a good depth forward and he is a cheap one as well. Brandon Manning is an okay defenseman but the Blackhawks don’t need anymore depth defenseman especially for that price and that term. Robin Norell will probably never make it to the NHL. Finally, Jason Garrison is not really a factor in this deal since he is being placed on unconditional waivers.

Another point to mention is that Connor McDavid and Brandon Manning have a history with each other, but it is apparently all sorted out.

I believe the Blackhawks have made themselves a better team for the future and now. They will also have more cap space to spend in free agency.

Stats from – Hockey Reference and Elite Prospects

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