The Chicago Blackhawks have been involved in big-time trade rumors as the NHL Entry Draft approaches, and it seems that a move, big or small, is bound to happen in Philadelphia over the next two days. Today, we take a look at three Blackhawks that could be in different sweaters come October, if Stan Bowman is looking at shaking up the roster.
Although the Blackhawks have had immediate and lasting success since acquiring Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets, it seems that #27 is involved in nearly every trade rumor with the team. Oduya is a solid second-pairing defenseman with good vision and a good defensive skill-set, but the Swedish Olympian was nowhere near the level he is at today, when he was a member of the Jets. The Blackhawks need to make room for their defensive prospects to make the NHL jump, and Oduya might be the easiest to ship off, as his stock has never been higher. I would expect Oduya go to a top-tier Eastern Conference team if he was to be traded, such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, or Tampa Bay Lightning.
Although it would pain Blackhawks fans to see one of our top forward prospects leave the fold, Jeremy Morin is meant for bigger and better things than what he was doing with the Blackhawks in 2013-14. Morin stepped up and made an impact in games despite his sub-10 minute ice time totals, but he simply didn’t play enough games. It seems that head coach Joel Quenneville‘s unwillingness to start the young winger could mean the end of his time in Chicago, although he is easily the most NHL-ready specimen the Blackhawks have in their system. Morin would net a sizeable return for a part-time NHL player, and could be the kickstarter for some youth in teams like the Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, or Calgary Flames.
Like Oduya, Nick Leddy’s name has been mentioned often in trade conversation, and with three Blackhawks defensemen locked up long-term (Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Niklas Hjalmarsson), there is only so far the young blue-liner can advance within the Blackhawks’ ranks. At times, Leddy was a staple on the third-pairing, showing top-four skill, especially with zone entries on the power-play. However, Leddy was slightly inconsistent in 2013-14, which for a young player, isn’t very alarming. On the Blackhawks, with fans always searching for perfection, it resulted in mixed feelings about the Minnesota native, and Stan Bowman could easily throw Leddy in a package for Jason Spezza or Ryan Kesler, whom the ‘Hawks have both been rumored to be the front-runners for.
What do you think, Blackhawks fans? Is Stan going to make any moves at the draft? If so, who’s going to go?
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