There were 103 payers interviewed, tested and schmoozed this past week. The set up saw a familiar schedule; the first portion of the week was a lot of meetings and dinners with NHL team executives. It's at this stage that the teams can really dig in to determine what time of person these "players" are. Any hints on who the Blackhawks will take at #3?
A few things going on in Blackhawks land, so I’m popping in here with a few quick hits and rumors. After this blog, you can expect two more this week: Draft Preview: Bowen Byram – Thursday Re-Draft Friday: 2015 – Friday Let’s jump right into these.
… if the Blackhawks are smart according to most. Not only is Bowen Byram the #1 ranked defenceman in the draft, but he might be the best player available at #3 when Stan Bowman and Mark Kelley take the stage on June 21st in Vancouver. Why is everyone in love with Byram, the smooth skating Canadian defender? Let's take a look why.
So 2014 was not a "pretty" draft for Chicago and 2015 doesn't look much better. On this edition of Re-Draft Friday, we will be looking at a Hawks team who didn't have a 1st round selection as it was traded to Arizona – along with Klas Dahlbeck – for Antoine Vermette. Back to the draft, the Hawks had 7 picks but as I mentioned above, there was not a 1st rounder in the cards. Let's see how they did.
It was reported on Friday by Mr. Scott Powers of The Athletic, that "The Blackhawks recently talked to the Columbus Blue Jackets about acquiring defenseman Ryan Murray, according to a league source. As of now, it doesn't appear a deal is getting done, but that, of course, could change in the coming weeks." This made me happy. Here is some info on Murray, as well as 15 other potential trade targets that fit in the same mold as the Columbus defender.
Popping in here with an auxiliary blog this week. These 15 fake trade proposals are in response to my article on Monday, Blackhawks Looking into Ryan Murray + 15 Other Trade Targets. The following trades are from those 15 other trade targets.
Congrats to the St. Louis Blues on their first ever Stanley Cup. Ok, back to the Draft Preview; this edition features Vasili Podkolzin.
The Blackhawks were coming off of a 103-point season, which was good for 3rd in the Central and Patrick Kane was coming off his first-ever Hart Trophy. Unfortunately, the Hawks weren't happy; they lost in 7 games to the St. Louis Blues in the 1st round. How'd they make out in the 2016 draft?
We all know the trade by now; Olli Maatta is a Blackhawk and Dominik Kahun and a 5th Rounder now belong to Pittsburgh Penguins. I am surprisingly in the minority. The initial reaction is that Maatta is terrible and Kahun is irreplaceable. Not really, but it's really not a trade to get overly worked up about in my opinion. Here are my thoughts + other rumors I'm hearing.