The Pros and Cons of the Chicago Blackhawks trading their first round pick

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Pros For Trading The Draft Pick

The Blackhawks do not have any prospects they are willing to part ways with as of right now, and I do not think trading Brandon Saad is the answer for the Blackhawks at this time. With that in mind, the Blackhawks’ first-round pick might be the best asset on the table.

Draft picks can be hit or miss at times. Look at how few players drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round have gone on to make the team the past few years. Bowman has not done a great job at adding players through the draft the past few seasons, Kirby Dach excluded, why are we to believe that this pick is going to be different?

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Maybe the Blackhawks want to have the certainty of getting some good done with their first-round pick now. That would mean tossing it in a trade as a sweetener. I believe trading the Blackhawks first-round pick will help the team in some way both right now and in the future.

Yes, trading away the pick would take some prospect from the Blackhawks organization, but it would also enable this team to go out and keep some of their many talented restricted free agents on the roster.

I am assuming the team can use this draft pick in a trade, and while it is a heavy price to pay, it is not like the Blackhawks have any other options. If the Blackhawks can clear three or four million dollars in cap space in a trade that involves their first-round pick, then I would consider that trade a win for the Blackhawks.

Do you think the Blackhawks should hold onto their draft pick, or should they try and use it as a potential chip in a trade?