Should the Chicago Blackhawks decide to part ways with one of their young defensemen, Beaudin might be able to bring in the best return at this time. Beaudin entered this season towards the bottom of the list when it came to defensive prospects in comparison to Mitchell, Boqvist, and Carlsson. However, after getting into the lineup for a few games, Beaudin has looked a lot better.
Beaudin is the most improved defensman on the ‘Hawks roster, but there are still a number of defensman ahead of them on the depth chart. Maybe the ‘Hawks can trade the up and coming defenseman for a talented winger or even a slightly older defenseman.
Beaudin’s five points in eleven games might be something other teams would be willing to bite on in a trade. During his time in the NHL he spent time quarterbacking the power play and really shined throughout. Part of the reason I think the ‘Hawks sent him back down was to limit his exposure around the league as he was already doing a good job. The longer he played his play was going to fall off eventually.
With so many young defensmen on the roster, someone will not be able to stick with the ‘Hawks. Trading Beaudin now might be something the ‘Hawks can do. Depending on the return, it would not really hurt their rebuild, rather just swapping assets.