In the summer of 2016, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made a pair of trades. Let’s take a look at how these trades have impacted the Blackhawks.
Carolina Hurricanes Trade
This trade was a cap dump. The Blackhawks had no cap space to work with at all according to Spotrac. Bryan Bickell at the time was making $4,000,000 and was buried in the minors. Teräväinen was somewhat struggling in Chicago. He only recorded 13 goals and 22 assists in 78 games and was also due for a pay raise. Not to mention the Blackhawks had to re-sign star forward Artemi Panarin soon.
This deal for the Chicago Blackhawks has not looked that promising. During his time in Carolina, Bryan Bickell was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and retired once his contract expired.
Teuvo Becoming A Star
Meanwhile, Teuvo Teräväinen has turned into a star. Last year, he put up 23 goals, 41 assists and a 55.2 Fenwick For % in 82 games. This year, he currently has 11 goals, 32 assists and a 56.8 Fenwick For % through 50 games. That puts him on pace for about 18 goals and 52 assists. The Hurricanes noticed the exceptional play from the Helsinki native and just recently re-signed him to a 5 year deal for 5,400,000 AAV.
What The Blackhawks Did With The Draft Picks
With the 2nd round pick that they acquired, the Blackhawks took Russian forward Artur Kayumov.
Not that long ago, I wrote a post about Kayumov and below is a blurb from that post.
“He has 5 goals, 8 assists for 13 points and 55 penalty minutes in 38 games. If you look at KHL skaters U21 he ranks 3rd in goals, 5th in assists and 6th overall in points. He served a 15 game suspension because he punched a ref.”
He seems like a solid prospect and it might not be long before Blackhawks fans see him at the NHL level.
Additionally, the 3rd round pick that was acquired in the trade was flipped to the Detroit Red Wings for Tomas Jurco. The Red Wings ending up selecting Keith Petruzzelli, who is a decent goaltending prospect.
The Blackhawks lost this trade. While Bowman did save cap space, he ended up losing Teräväinen and didn’t get much value back.
Montréal Canadiens Trade
On June 24 2016, the Chicago Blackhawks sent fan favorite Andrew Shaw to the Montréal Canadiens for two 2016 2nd round picks.
This trade had to be made again because of salary cap space. Even after the Teräväinen-Bickell trade. the Blackhawks did not have enough money to re-sign Andrew Shaw. Shaw was always known for his gritty play and had some great moments as a Chicago Blackhawk (like the one below).
In the 2015-2016 regular season, Shaw recorded 14 goals, 20 assists, a 50.8 Fenwick For % and 69 penalty minutes in 78 games. Unfortunately, with the Blackhawks needing to re-sign Panarin, they had to move Shaw.
Shaw Fitting In Well
Currently, Shaw on pace to set personal records in assists and goals. He is currently on pace for 20 goals and 24 assists. This is great news for the Montréal Canadiens and Shaw.
DeBrincat & Krys
With the draft picks obtained in the trade, the Blackhawks picked winger Alex DeBrincat with the 39th overall pick in the 2nd round and defenseman Chad Krys with the 45th overall pick in the 2nd round.
Let’s start off with DeBrincat. DeBrincat was always claimed to be too small and that he was only successful at the junior level since he was playing alongside Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome. Those are the two reasons why he fell. He was projected as a late 1st rounder, but he fell to Chicago in the 2nd round. Over time, DeBrincat has developed into a talented top 6 winger.
This year, he currently has 25 goals, 18 assists and a 49.1 Fenwick For % in 51 games. That puts him on pace for 40 goals and 29 assists. Considering that he has played on the 3rd line most of the year, it’s pretty impressive.
Chad Krys is also looking like an decent draft selection. He’s been a solid defenseman for the Boston University Terriers. In 13 games, he has 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points in 13 games played. Unfortunately he missed a few games this season due to and injury that he suffered.
The Chicago Blackhawks won this trade. They got a star winger in Alex DeBrincat and a good prospect defenseman in Chad Krys for Andrew Shaw. Fortunately, Bowman was able to win the trade with the Canadiens since his trade with the Hurricanes went side-ways.
Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals