The Chicago Blackhawks have made many moves in the past that put them in rebuild mode, but they also made some good decisions.
Things are coming together for the Chicago Blackhawks. After entering what looked like a long rebuild, they seem to be turning the corner and very well could be back in contention within the next two seasons. While there are still some missing pieces in the lineup, the ‘Hawks are well on their way.
The Chicago Blackhawks very well could be a playoff team this season. While it does still seem hard to imagine, the ‘Hawks’ chances of making the playoffs get better every game. Pretty soon, that could become a reality, and in large part, some recent moves are why the team finds themselves in this position.
There have been many bad moves in the past by Stan Bowman to make the Blackhawks a struggling team, but there have also been several moves that are now paying off. Let’s go over five deals Bowman made that are now working out for the franchise.
1 Ryan Hartman trade – 2018 trade deadline
In 2018, the Chicago Blackhawks sent Ryan Hartman to Nashville for a prospect and a couple of draft picks. While Victor Ejdsell has not turned into much in the NHL, the two draft picks Chicago got from Nashville for Hartman have.
The ‘Hawks gained a first and fourth-round pick from the Predators. The first-round pick was the 27th overall pick in the draft and turned into Nicolas Beaudin. The fourth-round pick was the 120th pick in the draft and ended up being Philipp Kurashev.
This trade at the time showcased a willingness to rebuild despite the franchise never wanting to admit to it at the time. Hartman has bounced around a few teams since the deal, while Beaudin and Kurashev are well on their way to becoming NHL regulars in Chicago.