The Shaw deal
At the end of the 2015-16 season, under another cap crunch, Bowman made a move that left some Blackhawks fans a little angry.
Bowman decided to trade the feisty Shaw to the Montreal Canadiens for a pair of second-round picks. At the time, some fans were upset to see the forward go, claiming his energy and style of play would be a huge loss for the team. Between his scrappy play and scoring goals with his shin pads and head (which didn’t count), Shaw had become a bit of a fan favorite in some ‘Hawks circles.
However, there seemed to be another Shaw-type waiting in the wings in Ryan Hartman, and the two second-round picks would be quite useful for a Blackhawks team that needed to add some youth to a depleted minor league system.
What did the ‘Hawks give up: Shaw tallied 12 goals and 17 assists in 68 games a season ago in Montreal along with an astounding 110 penalty minutes. He currently has 5 goals and 5 assists in 25 games this season and is a minus-9. He is on pace to score somewhere around 16 goals and 16 assists in 2017-18.
What did the ‘Hawks replace Shaw with: If you believe Hartman was the man waiting in the wings to take Shaw’s place, then the team replaced Shaw with a player who scored 19 goals and added 12 assists in 76 games a season ago. In 22 games this season, Hartman has scored 4 goals and 8 assists and is on pace for around 13 goals and 26 assists in 2017-18.
What did the ‘Hawks get in return: The two second-round picks are the best part of the Shaw deal. The 39th pick in the 2016 draft became forward Alex DeBrincat, and the 45th pick became defenseman Chad Krys.
DeBrincat has 10 goals and 7 assists so far in 2017-18, and Krys is one of the ‘Hawks’ top prospects and hopefully a solid piece to the future of the blue line in Chicago.
While Shaw was certainly an interesting player and a hard-working piece to several Blackhawks championship runs, looking at this deal now (especially after a night when DeBrincat scored his first career hat trick while still 19 years old), you can’t do anything but applaud Bowman and his staff of scouts who helped point the GM to the talented winger at the 39th pick in 2016.
Put simply, DeBrincat and Krys are essential youth pieces to an aging Blackhawks roster, and the Blackhawks absolutely won this deal.