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 23, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) controls the puck away from San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin (7) during the game in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 23, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) controls the puck away from San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin (7) during the game in the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

June 19th, 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks sign Nick Schamltz to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Initial Reaction: YES! The Blackhawks sign their top prospect and hopefully he can continue to play at a high level in the NHL.

Current Assessment: Schmaltz was not ready to play at the NHL level. He needs to focus on shooting on net and being stronger on the puck. The Blackhawks sent him down to the AHL on December 4th. He has 4 goals and 1 assist.

Grade: B

June 23rd, 2016: The Blackhawks sign Dennis Rassmussen to a one-year deal.

Initial Assessment: Rasmussen is a good depth signing for the Blackhawks. He played some good minutes before being sent down to Rockford last year.

Current Assessment: Rasmussen has proven his useful again this season. He has played in 37 games for the Blackhawks. He has 3 goals and 3 assists.

Grade: A

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