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SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 15, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 15, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) /
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SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 31: Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks skates ahead with the puck against the Calgary Flames at SAP Center on March 31, 2019 in San Jose, California (Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 31: Joonas Donskoi #27 of the San Jose Sharks skates ahead with the puck against the Calgary Flames at SAP Center on March 31, 2019 in San Jose, California (Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Joonas Donskoi

Joonas Donskoi is a name you might not be familiar with, but he is a great bottom-6 option. Donskoi is an unrestricted free agent and he’s also relatively young at 27 years old.

He is a gritty possession specialist and more of a playmaker than a scorer, but he can light the lamp when the game calls for it. Donskoi is a gamer and he will always give you 100% out on the ice, which is something the Blackhawks’ bottom-6 needs.

The Blackhawks are currently looking for a viable replacement for Dominik Kahun, and they may have one here with Joonas Donskoi. Interestingly enough, Donskoi and Kahun both posted basically identical numbers last season.

Joonas Donskoi:

  • 80 GP
  • 37 points (14G, 23A)
  • 10 ± rating
  • 54.4 CF%

Dominik Kahun:

  • 82 GP
  • 37 points (13G, 24A)
  • 10 ± rating
  • 49.9 CF%

If the Blackhawks are looking to add another body to the mix in the bottom 6, then Joonas Donskoi could be their guy. He won’t cost much either, as he is fresh off of a 2-year, $3.8 mil ($1.9 mil AAV) contract.

Evolving Wild is currently projecting a 3-year, $8.54 mil ($2.84 mil AAV) deal for Donskoi this offseason, which is pretty good value for a guy who can rotate between the 3rd and 4th line.

Potential 2019-20 lines:

Kubalik-Toews-Saad

DeBrincat-Strome-Kane

Perlini(RFA)-Anisimov-Sikura(RFA)

Caggiula-Kampf-Donskoi

Stan Bowman has said that he is planning on being very active this offseason. There are some very interesting names that are available, so let’s see what else he has up his sleeve.

More trades are bound to happen which will likely create more cap space for the big name free agents and extensions. Plus, the 3rd overall pick is still in play. This is sure to be one of the most fun offseasons that we’ve had in a long time.

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