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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Nov 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) with the puck during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) with the puck during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center. Chicago won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

April 4th, 2016: Chicago Blackhawks signed Carl Dahlstrom to a three-year contract.

Initial Reaction: The Blackhawks are signing their young NHL defenseman to an entry-level contract trying to address a weakness in the system.

Current Assessment: Dahlstrom could be a potential candidate to play defense in the NHL next season.

Grade: C

April 29th, 2016: Chicago Blackhawks sign forward Luke Johnson to a three-year deal.

Initial Reaction: The Blackhawks signed one of their draft picks to an entry-level contract. He signed for $717,500 per year and might have been signed to get Nick Schmaltz to sign.

Current Assessment: Johnson will finish out the year in Rockford. Johnson might not ever make the NHL. Johnson has 7 points at Rockford.

May 11th, 2016: Chicago Blackhawks sign Gustav Forsling to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Initial Reaction: The Blackhawks signed their top defensive prospect to an entry-level contract. Forsling might even have a chance of making the NHL roster.

Current Assessment: Forsling made the NHL roster after having a strong training camp. In 31 games, he has 1 goal and 3 assists. He is gaining confidence with the Blackhawks’ coaching staff.

May 24th- The Chicago Blackhawks agree to terms with Lars Johnansson, Michal Kempny and Martin Lundberg.

Initial Reaction: Johansson was the one of the best goalies in the SweHL, Kempny was one the best KHL defensemen and Lundberg was another Swedish forward.

Current Assessment: Johansson has played well in the AHL. He has 19 goals allowed with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. He was recalled by the Blackhawks but never played.

Kempny has not played a lot in his tenure with the Blackhawks. The coaching staff does not seem to trust him, but he has skill and speed. The Blackhawks need to play him more.

Lundberg has spent his entire with the Blackhawks in the AHL.

The moves have made the Blackhawks better.

Grade: B

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