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Potential RFAs and Trade Targets for Blackhawks This Offseason

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WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 12: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during second period action against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place on April 12, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Blues defeated the Jets 4-3 to lead the series 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 12: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during second period action against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place on April 12, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Blues defeated the Jets 4-3 to lead the series 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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WINNIPEG, MB – APRIL 12: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during first period action against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place on April 12, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Blues defeated the Jets 4-3 to lead the series 2-0. (Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB – APRIL 12: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during first period action against the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place on April 12, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Blues defeated the Jets 4-3 to lead the series 2-0. (Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Jacob Trouba

Jacob Trouba is the embodiment of the modern NHL defenseman — strong, fast, and skilled on both ends of the ice. Trouba is a smart, reliable right-handed defenseman who stands at 6’3″ 202 lbs. He is the type of player that could really help the Blackhawks become contenders again.

Trouba’s career stats speak for themselves, but when you watch him play, you see a gamer — a guy who can score, set up teammates, and play a smart defensive game. He is a top pairing defenseman which the Blackhawks need, as Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook finish out their careers.

Shot blocking is something that seems to come naturally for Trouba, as he has blocked 100+ shots every season in his 6 year NHL career. The Blackhawks could definitely use more of this. Trouba is also a great special teams player. If there’s one RFA that is worth losing assets for, it’s Jacob Trouba. You can see exactly why in this highlight reel.

What would it cost to pry Jacob Trouba away from the Winnipeg Jets? Trouba and the Jets weren’t able to get an extension done last season, so he settled for a 1-year, $5.5 mil AAV deal. I can see him landing somewhere in the $7.5-$9 mil AAV range, so that means the Blackhawks would lose at least one 1st round pick, one 2nd round pick, and one 3rd round pick. It could end up costing an extra 1st round pick, if his next deal falls in the $8,454,872 – $10,568,589 tier.

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