This next stretch of players is where things get difficult. The Blackhawks have six young defensemen signed for the next couple of seasons, and deciding who gets spots on the team will be difficult.
Mitchell did not have the best season in 2021. Sure it was good for a rookie, but I think we can all agree that everyone expected him to be a little better in 2021.
Kalnuk was one of the best defensemen on the team after getting into the lineup. He had nine points in 21 games with the team and honestly, I am really looking forward to watching him next season. The team could trade him if they feel like his good play was just lucky and that they are better off with a different player in the lineup.
Boqvist is a great hockey player. He has the most trade value across the blue line being a former eight overall pick. So if they feel as though they are better off sending him packing to a different team now would be the time while his stock is high.