The Blackhawks traded for Adam Gaudette last season ahead of the trade deadline.
I hope Stan Bowman keeps making moves that benefit the team for the future and not just the present. While the rebuild seems to be over, and I guess we should call it a retool and not a rebuild, the emphasis still needs to remain on the future.
Trading for Adam Gaudette was a really good move from Bowman. It gave Chicago a young forward eager to make it work with a new team. The Vancouver Canucks drafted Gaudette in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL draft, and now the soon-to-be 25-year-old finds himself on a new team chasing to stay in the lineup.
Gaudette definitely would be one of the most skilled fourth-liners the team has had in recent memory. He is more offensively minded than David Kampf and Marcus Kruger, and he is someone the team can use in a lot of different situations.
I have seen a lot of different roster predictions putting Gaudette on a lot of different lines in a lot of different spots, but I think anchoring the fourth line is the best spot to start him this season, then if he really flourishes and starts producing more offensively the team can move him around and utilize him more in different situations.
With the Blackhawks last season Gaudette played in seven games averaging 12:12 a night, he had a goal and three assists during that time and he even spent some time on the power play. Gaudette is someone the team can count on in any situation, and there is a good chance this is his breakout year in the league.
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Hopefully, the Blackhawks do not regret not signing him to a multi-year deal this offseason. Some players are going to step up the way Brandon Hagel did last year, maybe the next man up is Gaudette. The preseason and season will be here before you know it!