The Chicago Blackhawks Will Always be the Winner in the Alex DeBrincat Trade With Ottawa for these Four Reasons

The Senators ended up with DeBrincat for a season. The Hawks appeared to have maximized the return they got for Alex.

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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The Blackhawks got Kevin Korchinski in the deal.

The Hawks used the No. 7 pick to select the offensively gifted defenseman. Korchinski is now with the NHL club and has emerged as a cornerstone piece for the next great defensive unit. Korchinski was only supposed to be with the team for nine games this season before being sent back to the junior level.

He exceeded expectations to stay with the Hawks for the remainder of the season. He has had his ups and downs, but he is showing recently that he is starting to figure out the NHL game.

Korchinski also ended up being one of three first-round selections the Hawks made in the 2022 draft as Davidson swung two more trades. Davidson took center Frank Nazar III at No. 13 as part of the Kirby Dach trade and then defenseman Sam Rinzel at No. 25 as part of taking on Petr Mrazek's contract.

That draft haul is trending toward being a class that the next Hawks' Stanley Cup-winning team will be built upon.

The Blackhawks picked up an exciting prospect with the second-round pick they got in the deal.

Davidson drafted forward Paul Ludwinski with the 39th pick they got from the Senators. He is currently the Hawks' ninth-best prospect according to Sun-Times Blackhawks beat reporter Ben Pope. He is second among the Blackhawks prospects in points.

Ludwinski can be an amazing playmaker in the NHL. He might even be great enough to skate with Connor Bedard someday.

If Ludwinski develops like we hope Korchinski, Nazar, and Rinzel will develop, the 2022 draft will be cited as what helped make the Blackhawks a contender.