3 Players The Chicago Blackhawks Could Trade Before Tomorrow's NHL Trade Deadline

Three veterans who are pending unrestricted free agents could be on the move.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

This year's trade deadline has been quiet so far for the Chicago Blackhawks compared to last year.

Last year's deadline saw the Hawks complete nine trades which included Patrick Kane, arguably the most beloved player in franchise history, being sent to the New York Rangers.

Last year the Blackhawks had players contenders were interested in acquiring. Max Domi, Jake McCabe, and Sam Lafferty all had the skills teams desired. This year the Hawks removed the veterans a contender would pay a premium price to get from the market after Nick Foligno, Jason Dickinson, and Petr Mrazek were signed to extensions.

That does not leave much on the Hawks roster for a team to go and say here is a premium pick or prospect. That is not to say the Hawks do not have some veterans that a contender would be interested in adding. It is just the available vets the Hawks have are likely to garner nothing more than late-round draft choice.

The Blackhawks' best chance to pick in the first three rounds is to either take on a bad contract or a portion of a salary cap hit a contender needs to facilitate a trade.

If the Hawks are going to trade a veteran before tomorrow's deadline, expect these three players to be moved.

Tyler Johnson

The veteran will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with a ton of playoff experience. A contender will no doubt love to have that experience.

Plus, he is still fairly productive with 12 goals this season. He has been tied to the New York Rangers since they have a need at center. The Hawks will probably have to retain at least 50% of his remaining salary cap hit to get something decent back.

Colin Blackwell

He is a scrappy forward who skates hard on every shift. He may not score a lot, but he chases down pucks and delivers hits. A contender could use a guy like him on the third or fourth line.

Blackwell is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Although, guys like him will not fetch much on the trade market. The Hawks should consider keeping him for at least another season.

Anthony Beauvillier

He barely just got here. The Hawks acquired him in late November from the Vancouver Canucks. It was a good move to make to see if the pending unrestricted free agent could fit in on the top line with Connor Bedard and Philipp Kurashev.

A stint on IR has ruined those plans as he has played in just 23 games since coming over. He missed pretty much all of January and did not return from an injury until halfway through February.

He has yet to register a point since his return and has bounced back-and-forth between the first and fourth line.

That is not to say he is playing awful. He has been playing hard on the bottom line which is part of his versatility a contender might want. He is a former 20-goal scorer, but he also is willing to do the little things a fourth-line player must do.

Plus, he is 26. The Hawks may choose to keep him and see if he will return on a one-year deal much like they did with Andreas Athanasiou last summer. The franchise could just cut its loses and try to get something in return before they let him go for nothing.