Richardson style players- Anthony Beauvillier and Colin Blackwell
Anthony Beauvillier and Colin Blackwell are two players who will be tough to move at the trade deadline but also offer something to the Hawks. Both players are scrappy and play like coach Luke Richardson wants.
Beauvillier is a recent addition to the Hawks. He has played 11 games with Chicago. In his past five games, he has three points; he seems to be finding his footing. He is fast and not afraid to battle on the boards and be physical. He is also only 26. Chicago needs to resign Beauvillier.
Colin Blackwell had been out for nearly a year following surgery last year. He has played three games with the Hawks. He has one assist in those games. But more importantly, he has ten hits. Chicago needs his physicality. Teams cannot win in the NHL with players like Bedard unless they have players like Colin Blackwell. He is 30 years old, so Davidson should sign him to a 2-3 year contract.
The season is far from over so the Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of time to deal with these unrestricted free agents. Things could change along the way, but Davidson needs to have a plan. In addition to these unrestricted free agents, there are another nine restricted free agents. Chicago needs to make room for their prospects who will be joining, but also provide veterans who can help this team move forward. Continuing to tank for the next few years is bad for confidence and building a team identity.
Next time- the restricted free agency players.