The 2022 NHL Draft is a little less than two months away, and the Blackhawks currently possess eight picks. But none of those are in the first round after the old regime gave it up to Columbus as part of the Seth Jones trade.
The Blackhawks had an opportunity to gain a 2022 first-rounder in the Marc-Andre Fleury trade with Minnesota, but the Wild losing in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs squashed that possibility because the conditions weren’t met. The Blackhawks needed the Wild to win six more games plus Fleury to account for two more wins.
Even though the Blackhawks don’t have a first-rounder in this year’s draft, that doesn’t mean GM Kyle Davidson isn’t going to try acquiring one. The question is, will he be able to? And at what price?
“Being where we’re at in our trajectory, that’s where the talent is found,” Davidson said. “That’s where we need to bring players in at. So, it’s definitely something we’ll look at. Whether that’s a possibility is a different question, but it’s something I’m definitely interested in.”
The Blackhawks don’t have many players on their roster that would fetch a first-round pick on their own. Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and maybe Connor Murphy are the three that come to mind, but a team would really have to step up for the Blackhawks to consider trading DeBrincat — especially if Brandon Hagel went for a pair of first-rounders…