How Are All the Former Blackhawks Doing After Being Traded?
By Kyle Graden
As expected the Chicago Blackhawks were quite busy this season with players being moved. Starting with the pre-season move of Riley Stillman let's look at the players that Kyle Davidson dealt in the past few months.
To refresh, here is a list of every player the Blackhawks moved on from in chronological order: D Stillman, D Beudin, C Barratt, F Slavin, D Johnson, D McCabe, F Lafferty, RW Kane, F Sikura, F Domi, G Wells, and of course future Hall of Famer Future Considerations.
Stillman - He never seemed to fit with the Canucks and their mis-management of assets and cap. He had 0 goals and 5 points in 32 games as a 3rd pairing defenseman before being moved to the Sabres where he has 2 assists in 9 games.
Beaudin - The Habs are using him as a top 4 puck moving D for Laval in the AHL. He has 17 points in 31 games and has not played in the NHL this season (so far).
Barratt - The Flyers used Evan with Lehigh Valley in the AHL until demoting him to the ECHL to play for Reading. He has responded by being a dependable top 6 forward at that level. Clearly it is now progress or else time for Barratt as his NHL window may be closing.
Slavin - The Ducks acquired the 24 year old and sent him to their AHL affiliate in San Diego. For the Gulls Slavin has played great with 4 goals and 7 points in his first 10 games. Slavin wasn't having a good year in Rockford and was moved, but it's clear there is more to his game still.
Jack Johnson - With the move back to the Avalanche, Johnson seems to be easily fitting back into his role as a depth defenseman that can be depended on when asked. He has an assist in his 13 games since re-joining Colorado.
McCabe - Since being sent to Toronto McCabe has played alot, just under 20 mins of ice time over his last 5 games in fact. With a goal and an assist in 11 games it seems McCabe is finding his place in the top 4 with the Leafs. There is no doubt that his addition is going to pay dividends in the playoffs.
Lafferty - As apart of the bigger trade it is quickly becoming apparent to Maple Leafs' fans that Lafferty has immense value. While his 3 points in 11 games is pretty on-par for production it's been the little things that he does that have real value. Sam has played as a middle 6 forward and has become a fan favorite quickly.
Kane - Obviously the big name of this list... Patrick Kane has produced similarly to how he was in Chicago with 7 points in 11 games (52 in 65 for the season) albeit in an inconsistent fashion. There have been some turnover issues and kind of a "finding his place" adjustment period that is understandable after 16 years with Chicago.
Sikura - After reuniting with Chicago, Sikura was sent to the Ducks' AHL team in San Diego as a pure minor league move geared towards the playoffs. Sikura has secured a top 6 role and netted 5 points in 7 games which is typically how he has composed.
Domi - Max was sent to Dallas in what was viewed at as a great move for the Stars. Domi has 4 points in 10 games in an obviously lesser role for the playoff bound Stars. He has been generating good scoring chances on his shifts though. With an assist last night and the playoffs around the corner, I expect Domi to start to turn it on and help Dallas win a series or two.
Wells - The goalie that went with Domi in the deal with the Stars has had a tough first 3 games for the Texas Stars of the AHL. An .839 save % and a 5.35 gaa do not tend to favor the 25 year old net minder, but like most goalies it may take Wells some time to adjust to a new team and zip code.
There is a quick look at whom the Blackhawks moved this season. If I'm being honest here, it really doesn't look we made any moves we may be regretting at the present moment. Perhaps we didn't have Josiah Slavin in the right position to succeed, but that is a minor complaint in what has generally been a series of well thought out and made transactions by Kyle Davidson.