5. Bottom Line On The Trade
Chicago traded away Adam Boqvist, the 12th overall pick, next year’s first-round draft pick, and a second-round draft pick for Seth Jones, the 32nd overall pick, and a 2022 sixth-round pick.
I know a lot of people do not like this trade, especially considering Dougie Hamilton is available in free agency and that Jones wanted out of Columbus, but Chicago added their future face of the franchise. Plus there is no guarantee that Hamilton would sign in Chicago, and no one knows what his cap hit is going to be.
Everyone has been questioning whether or not Boqvist was going to get to that elite level this past season, plus the Hawks had a number of other prospects available that impressed last season. Now the team did have to give up the 12th overall pick and next year’s first-round pick, that does stink, but they most likely weren’t going to be drafting someone that was instantly going to make a difference on their roster – for that we will have to wait and see.
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I recognize what Chicago gave up was a lot, but part of this retool Chicago has been going through the past few seasons involved acquiring assets and prospects to better the franchise for years to come, well now they sent some of those assets to Columbus for someone they believe will make the team better. Now we all just have to wait and see whether or not Jones is as good as Bowman and the Blackhawks organization thinks.