3 reasons the Blackhawks should pull off a blockbuster trade for Trevor Zegras

Building primarily through within the organization makes sense for the Blackhawks, but a player like Trevor Zegras could be too enticing to pass up.
Feb 27, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) moves the puck ahead
Feb 27, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras (11) moves the puck ahead / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
1 of 4

The Chicago Blackhawks should have a simple rebuilding plan, which would involve making the right decisions in the NHL Draft and developing the young talent they already have in the system. But there is a third option that we don’t talk about enough, and it involves making a trade not for a big-name veteran but for a youngster who could be on the move. 

Trevor Zegras is one of those players who constantly finds himself in the rumor mill. And thanks to the number of young talent in the Anaheim Ducks system at center, something Michael DeRosa of The Hockey Writers reminds us, there is a good chance Zegras could find himself on the move. 

Even so, the Ducks are in the same situation as the Blackhawks, so there is a good chance they keep Zegras so he remains part of their core. It would be understandable, but for as long as a possibility exists that Anaheim may trade him, it doesn’t hurt to talk about a situation where the Blackhawks would hypothetically acquire the promising forward. 

The Blackhawks would benefit from acquiring Trevor Zegras

While general manager Kyle Davidson has done a fine job so far to help rebuild the Blackhawks, the big club still needs a lot of help. Someone like Zegras could help catapult the rebuild, and he has the potential to stick around longer than many players currently on the free agent market. Even a few of those game-changers the Blackhawks could afford to bring in if they wanted. 

But let’s dive into more detail about why trading for who may be one of the most sought-after players in the 2024 offseason would suit the Blackhawks and what would make them such an enticing team to add Zegras to their lineup for 2024-25 and beyond.