Could Alex Wennberg be a Free Agent Target for the Chicago Blackhawks?

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At the moment, Alex Wennberg is trying to help the New York Rangers escape the first round. The Swedish centerman was acquired from the Seattle Kraken for a 2nd round pick as well as a conditional 4th round pick. The twenty nine year old just completed his tenth full season in the NHL and is a former first round pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets (14th overall in 2013).

A dependable two way center with decent size, Wennberg has been a consistent player throughout his career. In the 2016-17 season, he netted a career high fifty nine points for Columbus and has been above a twenty seven (per 82) point average (lowest average) since then. The last four years, Wennberg has been a middle 6 center mostly and has one hundred and thirty four points in two hundred and ninty seven games (134 pts in 297 games).

With career averages that are consistent, playing a position of need, and being healthy over the past few seasons (only missed five games over last three seasons) could Alex Wennberg be a good veteran fit for a rebuilding Blackhawks team?

Look no further than Jason Dickinson when thinking about how Wennberg may fit into a Chicago lineup. A flexible forward, could play wing as well, that could slot from the 2nd line all the way to the 4th line is going to hold tremendous value from a league wide lens. Chicago should be no different here as the need for another stable veteran center is needed moving forward.

When looking at his current deal (finishing up a 3 year 13.5 million deal he signed with Seattle), the six foot two and two hundred pound forward is likely looking at something similar this offseason. Could the Blackhawks do what they've done of late and offer the soon to be 30 year old a two year deal in the low to mid four million range?

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Alex Wennberg should be a player to keep an eye on as a Blackhawks' fans when July 1st hits. He is a player that skates with pace, is willing to play a multitude of roles, and has size at a position of need. He should also be more affordable in comparison to other players that will be available. Don't be surprised if Kyle Davidson doesn't have his eye on the Rangers - Capitals series at the moment looking at Alex Wennberg.