The biggest piece of news for the Blackhawks at the NHL draft was not who they drafted; it was who they traded for.
The Blackhawks sent Adam Boqvist, two first-round draft picks, and a second-round draft pick to Columbus for Seth Jones, a first-round draft pick, and a sixth-round draft pick next season. The price was high, but it is now all over.
Columbus is in rebuilding mode, they have lost countless stars to free agency in the past, and if they waited for the middle of the season they were not going to get this much for Seth Jones. Now they can move forward with a young defenseman in Adam Boqvist while Chicago can move forward with their number one guy for years to come.
I personally like this trade. Jones just a few seasons ago was the top guy on Columbus when they swept the Tampa Bay Lightning. During that series, I kept thinking that Chicago needed a defenseman like that, and now they have him.
Sure, Jones hasn’t had the best number the past few seasons, but honestly, he will be 27 this season and still has a lot of great hockey ahead of him. Let’s talk about five reasons this was a good move for the Blackhawks. Yes, it came at a high cost, but overall this trade was necessary for the future success of this team.