Reviewing Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s 2017 Moves

By Sean Fitzgerald
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: John Hayden /
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NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 06: Michael Latta
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It was a busy 2017 for the Chicago Blackhawks, and that’s especially true for general manager Stan Bowman

With 2017 past us, we can take a detailed looked at all the moves of Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. We will start with Jan. 1, 2017, and run all the way to 2018. The moves will be graded by letter.

January 21

Chicago Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta for Cameron Schilling from the L.A. Kings

Review: This trade was an AHL player for an AHL player. Latta had appeared in 113 games with the Washington Capitals. He had 13 points with the Caps. He played with the Rockford IceHogs for 32 games, recording 16 points and 61 penalty minutes. Schilling never played in the NHL for the ‘Hawks or Kings.

Grade: N/A

February 24

Chicago Blackhawks acquire Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings for a third-round pick

Review: Bowman loves to acquire former early-round picks and hope the Blackhawks can fix them. He acquired David Rundblad under the same premise.

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Jurco has been a bust with the Blackhawks. He had played 159 games with the Red Wings before joining the ‘Hawks. He had 15 goals and 24 assists with the Red Wings.  He has played in 13 games, scoring one goal with the ‘Hawks. He had spent all of this season with the IceHogs.

Grade: F

February 28

Chicago Blackhawks acquire Johnny Oduya for Mark McNeill and 2018 conditional fourth-round pick

Review: The Blackhawks were hurting on defense and Bowman went back to an old favorite in Johnny Oduya. Oduya had been on IR at the time of his trade.  The Blackhawks only played Oduya for 15 games before the playoff run. The ‘Hawks were swept out in four games by the Nashville Predators.

The ‘Hawks gave up on McNeill, who needed a change of scenery. He appeared in one NHL game with the ‘Hawks. Since being traded to Dallas, he’s appeared one game with the Stars.

Oduya was old and slow when he returned. The ‘Hawks traded change of scenery guys here.

Grade: F