Cons For Trading The Draft Pick
The Chicago Blackhawks do not have that many viable young assets in their organization right now. Outside of the players on our roster, there is not much help coming from Rockford. Keeping the first-round pick might help the Blackhawks add to the depth in their organization.
The exciting thing is when the Blackhawk first started winning their championships in 2010, they had one of the best farm systems in the league as well. Maybe it is time we begin to retool from the ground up. Instead of trying to deal with the first-round pick, we could hold onto it and try and go out and acquire more.
The only first-round draft picks the Blackhawks have from the past few years in their organization would be Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist, and Nicolas Beaudin. Chicago has not done an excellent job at developing their players from the ground up, and getting rid of that draft pick is not going to turn that around.
Also, the other issue with trading away the first-round pick would be what we are getting in return. Dumping a first-round pick would be a hefty price to pay, especially if you consider the fact that the Blackhawks might only get a little salary cap space back.
I want to see the Blackhawks find a way to dump some of their salaries. Maybe Chicago could find a way to package Zack Smith and Olli Maatta in a trade, including their first-round pick to a team with a little bit of salary cap space; however that is a huge maybe.