Reviewing Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s 2017 Moves

By Sean Fitzgerald
EDMONTON, AB - DECEMBER 29: John Hayden /
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EDMONTON, AB – DECEMBER 29: John Hayden /

March 1

The Blackhawks acquire Kenton Helgesen and a seventh-round pick in 2019 for Sam Carrick and Spencer Abbott

Review: Abbott played one NHL game with the ‘Hawks. He was playing with Rockford before being moved. This was a change-of-scenery move for all players involved. The move was also freeing up roster spots in Rockford for next season. Carrick did play 19 games in the NHL with Toronto before playing with the ‘Hawks organization.

Helgesen played with the Indy Fuel for 12 games. He had one goal and nine assists for 10 points.

Grade: N/A

March 2

The Blackhawks signed Matthew Highmore to an entry-level contract, three years at $2.775 million

Review: Highmore played in the QMJHL before joining the Blackhawks as an undrafted free agent. He has appeared in 36 games with the IceHogs this season. He has 16 goals and nine assists.

Grade: N/A

March 12

The Blackhawks signed John Hayden to a two-year, $1.85 million contract

Review: Hayden signed his ELC after graduating from Yale. Hayden appeared in 12 games in 2016-17. Thus far in 2017-18, he has been a staple on the fourth line. He has played physically and with urgency all season. He has three goals and eight assists in 39 games thus far.

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Grade: A

March 13

The Blackhawks signed Anthony Louis to a two-year, $1.85 million contract

Review: Louis signed his ELC after finishing up at the Miami of Ohio. He has yet to get a chance at the NHL level. In the AHL, he has been playing well. He has 21 points in 44 AHL games thus far.

Grade: N/A

March 16

The Blackhawks sign Luc Snuggerud to a three-year, $2.775 million contract

Review: He was signed to an ELC out of the University of Nebraska. Snuggerud is developing at Rockford in his first full season. He has appeared in 18 games with three goals and four assists.

Grade: N/A

March 23

The Blackhawks sign Tanner Kero to a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension

Review: Kero had played well enough to merit a contract extension in 2016-17.  He appeared in 47 games, recording six goals and 10 assists. He appeared in eight games in 2017 before being sent to Rockford.

Grade: C

March 29

The Blackhawks sign Matthew Iacopelli to a two-year $1.85 million contract

Review: Iacopelli was a third-round pick of the ‘Hawks in 2014. He has spent 35 games at Rockford with 18 points.

Grade: N/A