June 24th: 2016: The Chicago Blackhawks trade Andrew Shaw to the Montreal Canadiens for a two 2016 second-round picks.
Initial Reaction: NOT AGAIN! Another Blackhawks young forward pricing himself out of the Blackhawks’ future. The team only got two picks for Shaw.
Current Assessment: The Blackhawks had to trade Shaw because of his price tag. Shaw wanted $4.5 million per year but signed with Montreal for $3.9 million per year. The compensation for Shaw was the 39th and 45th picks in the 2016 draft.
While Shaw was a fan favorite, his price tag was too high and the Blackhawks had players who could do Shaw-like things. Shaw has 15 points in 29 games with 58 penalties this season. Shaw is on pace for a career high in penalty minutes.
The 39th pick turned into Alex DeBrincat. DeBrincat has scored 100-plus points in consecutive seasons with the Erie Otters of the OHL and is on pace to do so again.
The 45th pick turned in Chad Krys, who currently plays defense for Boston University and is a defenseman to watch.
Bowman made the best of a bad situation and both players could be in Chicago next season.