The Blackhawks are in a rebuild, which means the roster will evolve over the next 12-24 months. Which current ‘Hawks players are marketable as trade assets for the team?
The Blackhawks have not qualified for the standard playoff format in several years. They are clearly not good enough right now to compete for Stanley Cups, or even deep playoff runs. That means they need to improve the roster, coaching, and organizational depth to get back to that point.
The ‘Hawks are in the mode of adding young talent and filling in around it with veteran experience. But what about utilizing the trade route to improve the team short-and-long-term?
To do this, the ‘Hawks need to focus on players that have value elsewhere in the league. Value can be defined in a number of ways, but in summary, the player the Hawks would trade away has to be desirable to the team accepting them. Seems simple, right? Unfortunately, not so simple in application as it is in practice.
There is a select group of players that another team might want to trade for, or at any point up until the trade deadline in 2022. Some of them could fetch a solid return, others would be similar to what we saw at the trade deadline this year.