The Chicago Blackhawks might have to consider trading their first-round draft pick if they are going to find any way to make things work with their salary cap crunch heading into next season.
So many teams are up against the cap this offseason, and it is going to take a lot to get any team to take on a contract from the Blackhawks. I am not recommending the Blackhawks use their first-round pick to get rid of Brent Seabrook; no one is going to take up his contract. However, there are a few players that might be movable with a draft pick involved.
While moving this draft pick might seem daunting, today, I am hoping to jump through the pros and cons of trading the Blackhawks draft pick to let you all make the decision. The last time the Blackhawks had a first-round draft pick, they took Kirby Dach with the third overall pick. Third overall picks and 17th overall picks are two very different positions.
Stan Bowman is not going to go out and add a Kirby Dach type player. That means the quality of player the Blackhawks are going to be pulling in through this draft is going to be less than satisfactory. Even though this draft pick is not going to make a difference on the roster next season, I still believe that the team should think about it before they let go of their pick.
The Blackhawks have done a remarkable job at keeping their first-round draft picks out of the city and in other organizations. I recently dug up my old article on this very topic, and you would be shocked by how few first-round picks we still have in the organization. Without further ado, let’s go through the pros and cons of the Blackhawks trading their first-round draft pick.