The Chicago Blackhawks have traded away another first round pick.
On Sunday night, The Hawks and Arizona Coyotes announced they had struck a two-for-one deal involving three former first-round draft picks. The Coyotes sent Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to Chicago in exchange for Nick Schmaltz.
The deal makes sense on the surface. All three players entered the league with tremendous hype but each of them haven’t lived up to it, so a new home will give everyone involved a chance to start anew with their new franchise. But if you’re a Blackhawks fan, you’re all too familiar with this process. Would you believe us if we told you Chicago has traded its last FIVE first-round picks prior to the 2017 and 2018 drafts?
That’s pretty tough to believe, especially considering the players involved. Players like McNeill didn’t work out but Hartman and Danault have made a nice new home for themselves in Nashville and Montreal respectively and Teravainen hasn’t looked half bad in Carolina!
Chicago obviously enjoyed some incredible years from 2010-2017 but guess this is a harsh reality that dynasties have to face. At least they have a couple of new prospects that can pan out if everything works out okay.
(H/T Mark Lazerus)