The Chicago Blackhawks 2021-22 season has started off on the wrong foot, and if things continue this way then maybe the team is going to have to consider trading a few players before the year’s end, not to buy at the deadline, but rather to sell.
The Chicago Blackhawks are in a sticky situation, having bought in on a playoff trip so much this offseason.
Adding guys like Seth Jones came at a cost, with Jones costing the team their first-round draft pick this upcoming year. The pick is lottery-protected so if the team’s pick ends up going first or second overall it will be in Chicago’s hands, but that is still not a good situation based on where the team is at. The Hawks would have no first-round pick to show for their struggles if this streak of losing continues throughout the entire year. Despite finishing in the bottom of the standings this team is going to have no first-round pick unless it happens to win the lottery.
The Blackhawks do not look like a team pushing for a playoff run, in fact, they look like the very opposite. If things do not turn around soon, the easiest solution would be to fire the head coach and bring in someone new to help right the ship, but that solution seems less and less likely every additional game that Jeremy Colliton gets behind the bench. If they haven’t pulled the plug yet, then what are they waiting for?
Now we have to look at a different possibility, a possibility where the team decides to trade away some players from this team now to get some additional assets for the future. I want to look at something different today, some players we haven’t talked about before. Dylan Strome’s name won’t be on this list, because a Strome trade has been talked about all offseason long. With that out of the way, let’s dive in with the first likely trade candidate.