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Blackhawks Daily: Building Through Trades; Rangers Take the Lead

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The big news for the Chicago Blackhawks was Kyle Davidson orchestrating a trade that bumped them up in both the first and second round.

Now it’s a matter of what to do with that capital. CHN took a deep dive at the 2014-2022 NHL Drafts with the selections made from #18 to the end of the first round. The results yield some interesting looks at big name players drafted in that range (just 2% of all the picks) and how you’re likelier to get a contributing role player rather than a game breaker. Whereas they made deals to grab Kevin Korchinski and Frank Nazar back in 2022, both were considered talents to buoy a rebuilding roster. Both were also taken several slots higher.

If the Blackhawks want to be playing deeper into the postseason sooner rather than later, maybe using that pick to get a proven, impact player could make that happen. It seems the quicker–and likely stronger way to fill the roster back into a contending status.

Speaking of the playoffs: The Western Conference Finals continued on Saturday night. The Dallas Stars, after going down in overtime of game one, came into this one trailing the series 1-0. They also earned a big 3-1 win. They went up 1-0 early in the first period but the Oilers got it tied up quickly after. After no scoring in the second, each team needed a new hero in the third. That hero turned out to be Mason Marchment of the Dallas Stars. Esa Lindell added an empty-netter and that is how they reached that 3-1 final score. 

The series is all knotted up at 1-1. They will now shift to Edmonton where each team will look to get out in front in the series. Game 3 is going to be a big factor in the overall series. 

The Florida Panthers took a 1-0 lead over the New York Rangers in the first period but they were then trailing 4-2 going into the third period. They roared back to get it tied and forced overtime.  In overtime, Alexander Wennberg scored the game-winner for the Rangers. They now have a 2-1 series lead. It was a great (and stunning) win for the Rangers down in Sunrise. 

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The Chicago Blackhawks made a very interesting trade involving draft picks.

Connor Bedard is a generational superstar and the Chicago Blackhawks must find a way to build a winner around him.

Lukas Reichel has been more of a story at Worlds than Connor Bedard which is wild to hear.

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