Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ 2016 Trades And Signings In Review

By Sean Fitzgerald
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 15, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders with Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders with Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

Fall Finds And One Epic Move

September, 26th 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks sign Alexandre Fortin to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Initial Reaction: Great move! Fortin was a training camp surprise. He was a non-roster invite who shined enough to earn himself an entry-level contract. I wish the Blackhawks would have given him several games in the NHL before sending him back down.

Current Assessment: Fortin was sent back to the QMJHL. Since his return to the QMJHL, he appeared 24 games and has 7 goals and 13 assists with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Fortin will spend the rest of the year in the QMJHL.

Grade: A

September 30th, 2016: The Blackhawks sign Graham Knott to an entry-level contract.

Initial Reaction: Knott was signed for a future season. The Blackhawks need young and cheap forwards.

Current Assessment: Knott has played in 26 games in the OHL. He has 8 goals and 19 assists.

Grade:N/A

November 7th, 2016: The Blackhawks sign Alex DeBrincat to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Initial Reaction: DeBrincat signs his new deal and could be on the Blackhawks next season.

Current Assessment: DeBrincat will be on the Blackhawks next season.

Grade: B

Next: Blackhawks Lose Another Winter Classic

December 28th, 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks sign Artemi Panarin to a two-year contract extension.

Initial Reaction: The Blackhawks finally kept one of their stars! YES! Two more years of Bread!

Current Assessment: It was a deal that Bowman needed to get done and he did. He will face another cap crunch, but he did not lose one of his top forwards.

Grade: A

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