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Chicago Blackhawks: 6 Players Who Could Be on Trade Block

By Jimmy Lynch
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 07: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) and Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) battle for a puck in the 3rd period during an NHL hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks on November 07, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The Blackhawks won 5-2. (Photo By Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 07: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) and Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) battle for a puck in the 3rd period during an NHL hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks on November 07, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The Blackhawks won 5-2. (Photo By Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 07: Erik Gustafsson #56 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Tim Schaller #59 of the Vancouver Canucks chase the puck in the second period at the United Center on November 7, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 07: Erik Gustafsson #56 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Tim Schaller #59 of the Vancouver Canucks chase the puck in the second period at the United Center on November 7, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Erik Gustafsson

I wish the Chicago Blackhawks traded Erik Gustafsson this offseason or last season at the trade deadline. His stock was through the roof then, following a year where he put up 60 points and helped turn the Blackhawks’ power play from bad to great. The Blackhawks chose to keep Gus for another year and it blew up in their face, like most predicted it would.

Gustafsson is not great defensively, which isn’t good considering he is a defenseman. You can try and shelter his defensive zone time by only starting him in situations to succeed, but that does not change the fact that a defenseman has to play defense.

The Blackhawks have given up plenty of goals this year thanks to Erik Gustafsson. He has been caught making countless mistakes that have led to goals for opposing teams. Gustafsson is a liability to his own team and many fans would rather seem him scratched than in another game.

Maybe the Blackhawks can get a team to bite at adding an offensive defenseman at the trade deadline. Although he has not succeeded this season, he still is a defenseman one year removed from putting up 60 points. Winnipeg could use help on the blue line, so maybe they bite at adding a defenseman who flourishes in the offensive zone.

If not, I honestly hope the Blackhawks choose not to re-sign Gustafsson. When you give up two goals for every goal scored, you don’t make a team feel very confident.

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