Through 27 games, the Chicago Blackhawks have seen enough with players who were sent over with draft picks and contracts that other teams were looking to shed.
A couple this season have stood out–certainly more recently. The salary cap hit is irrelevant for this piece–it’s more of what they were acquired for and how they’ve gotten the better deal.
Here are a couple.
Dickinson was dealt with a 2024 second-round pick to the Blackhawks from Vancouver. After signing an extension in Vancouver, the Canucks parted with him after just one season. Playing in the final year of that deal, Dickinson has already tied his career record for goals. He’s almost halfway to his points total from last season.
Dickinson is an interesting case as he could likely be a valuable commodity on a team at the trade deadline. His cap hit could be absorbed easily by Chicago if they choose to retain some of the contract. Will they even trade him at all?
He’s popular in the locker room and could be a good veteran to have around as the team continues to grow. Maybe though selling at its peak is the only reasonable choice.
Whatever they choose, the Blackhawks reaped major value from the deal.
Had for Toronto’s first-round pick back at the 2022 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks gave up only a second-round pick and have arguably gotten the better deal here. Mrazek has been lights out so far this season, keeping the Blackhawks in many of their games and winning seven of the nine games for them.
The last two games which saw Mrazek post a shutout from the middle of the Minnesota game to about the three minute mark of the win against St. Louis, he too could be an attractive commodity to another team at the trade deadline.
But could the Blackhawks also hold onto him, too? They’ll need mentoring with Soderblom and potentially Drew Commesso, should he appear ready to be in Chicago for limited stretches next season.
Much of it will hinge on health and the Blackhawks have seemingly been better with Mrazek between the pipes.
But both Mrazek and Dickinson have been big value hits for the Blackhawks.