The Blackhawks decided to play some of their prospects in the NHL to possibly increase their trade value
It’s tough to say whether the Blackhawks would part with hometown heroes Hartman or Vinny Hinostroza, but they may be potential trade pieces that land the ’Hawks a top-six forward rental.
Hartman was a late first-round pick in 2013 and has the size to be an NHL pro for years to come. Many thought his physicality would earn him a spot on the Blackhawks, but it has been his offensive production and lack of bad penalties that have kept him in the pros.
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Since being sent down to the AHL, Schmaltz has shown he belongs in the NHL. Although not fully developed, the former North Dakota Fighting Sioux centerman shows flashes of great vision and scoring ability.
If you’re GM Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche, Schmaltz has to be an appealing player to potentially add to your young roster. Especially with emerging star Tyson Jost in your system, who is also a North Dakota star.
Forsling is another top prospect for the Blackhawks who got to see some NHL ice time. I’m not sure if they will move him just because he fits the ’Hawks system too well, but I wouldn’t be surprised considering the current log jam on the blue line.
Future draft picks
The Blackhawks have been public about keeping their draft picks for the 2017 Draft that is being held in Chicago, but I think that’s simply a deception.
I know the Blackhawks would much rather hoist the Stanley Cup at the draft than have all of their picks. It’s very much a possibility that some of this year’s picks and future picks will be traded at the deadline to boost the roster.
In conclusion, it’s clear the window to win is now and moves will be made for another Blackhawks strong playoff push.