3 Players The Chicago Blackhawks Should Acquire Who Need Change of Scenery

A former No. 2 overall pick would be a nice addition.

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The NHL Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching and there are some questions regarding whether or not the Chicago Blackhawks will be very active compared to last year.

As of right now, the feeling is that general manager Kyle Davidson will mostly stay put with the roster he has. He has only made one deal so far when he sent Anthony Beauvillier to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

That leaves their main asset going into tomorrow's deadline in Tyler Johnson, who is a pending unrestricted free agent and a proven winner in the NHL. Because after him, the veteran options are not that attractive to contenders especially after the Hawks extended Jason Dickinson, Nick Foligno, and Petr Mrazek

The Blackhawks still have a stockpile of picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft with seven draft picks coming during the first three rounds. There is the possibility of Davidson trying to acquire a young player in need of a chance, similar to how Joey Anderson was brought in at last year's deadline and has become a mainstay on the Blackhawks roster this season.

Three young forwards need a change of scenery who could be interesting trade options for the Blackhawks at this year's Trade Deadline...

Kaapo Kakko

Kakko is first on the list mainly because his name has been thrown around a lot lately and many have wondered if the Blackhawks would take a flyer on the Rangers forward.

Kakko was the second-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft by the Rangers and has not lived up to his sky-high expectations to this point. The left-handed winger has good size at 6'2 205lbs, which the Blackhawks have been lacking with their young forwards.

His play last season looked to be a step in the right direction for Kakko with 18 goals and 40 points, but has followed that up with only 11 points in 41 games this season.

Kakko likely is not going to turn into a star player, but his advanced stats show solid defensive numbers while playing on a competitive Rangers team. His offensive output from last season proves that he can be a contributing two-way winger if put in the right situation.

Acquiring a player like Kakko will be a very low-risk move for the Blackhawks, though it could allow Kakko to find more consistency in his game and have a larger role with much fewer expectations weighing on him.

If the Hawks want to land him, they better act fast as he is rumored to be on his way to Pittsburgh.