2019 NHL Draft: Recapping the Blackhawks Weekend

Here is the complete 2019 draft class of the Chicago Blackhawks:

1 (3) – Kirby Dach, C
2 (43) – Alex Vlasic, D
4 (105) – Michal Teply, F
4 (123) – Antti Saarela, F
6 (167) – Dominic Basse, G
7 (194) – Cole Moberg, D

What do we make of these six selections?

They’re big kids.

As we wrote after Friday night’s selection of Dach, Chicago’s first round pick instantly becomes the top forward prospect in the organization. There’s a good chance he’s on the NHL roster to start the season and could stick there for the 2019-20 season if he plays well and the Hawks make room for him (cough… Anisimov… cough).

Everyone complaining that the Blackhawks didn’t address the future of the blue line in the first round should be thrilled with the selection of Vlasic in the second. He’s committed to Boston University for the coming year, where he would join Blackhawks prospect Jake Wise. If you paid attention to the hype leading into the 2019 draft and the names that were called, the USNTDP stole the show. Vlasic was a big part of the team; he uses his 6-6 body well. He’s a good skater who has a big shot and takes away space effectively. Given the number of puck-moving defensemen coming along in the Hawks’ system, Vlasic could prove to be the perfect compliment.

The fourth round pick of Teplý appears to be terrific value. From DobberProspects.com:

“Teplý could be described as poor man’s Patrik Laine – he’s a big goal-scoring winger with a right-handed shot, has a great selection of shots, has an amazing release, is capable of making plays, his skating looks a bit clumsy, he isn’t consistent from game to game, and his defensive game isn’t very good – but Teplý’s tools aren’t quite as high-end as Laine’s, so I’m not putting him in the same tier. But there are definitely similarities between the two, and those are hard to ignore. Teplý has spent this entire season at the pro level in his home country Czech Republic. He’s split the season between the top level and the second-highest level. His results there have been good but not great. Teplý has also represented the Czechs at different age levels internationally, and he’s expected to be their top player at the upcoming U18 Worlds. Teplý is likely a second-round pick at this point but a strong finish to his season could potentially push him towards a late first round selection.” – Jokke Nevalainen

Here’s what DobberProspects.com had to say about Saarela:

“Saarela started this season in Jr. A SM-liiga which is the top junior level in Finland. While there, he put up seven goals and 15 points in 21 games. After that time, he’s been mostly playing at the top level in Liiga where he’s put up two goals and 10 points in 23 games. Saarela’s production in Liiga is very impressive but he’s also received great usage which has allowed him to produce points alongside talented players. Saarela comes from a true hockey family as his father Pasi was a long-time pro player and a local legend with Lukko which is probably partly why Antti has received such a great opportunity there as well. And Antti’s older brother Aleksi was drafted by the Rangers and is currently playing in Carolina’s system. The younger Saarela has also played 11 games with Finland’s U18 team and scored six points there. He’s expected to play an important role for Finland at the U18 Worlds.

Saarela has played center in junior but has been used purely as a winger at the pro level. His game is better suited for the wing, so I would expect him to stay there. He’s not big (5-11, 176) but he plays a fearless style of game and isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty. Saarela is a great skater who can create offensive opportunities because of his speed but his acceleration and agility are also great. His puck-skills are very good which makes him very dangerous in one-on-one situations. He also has a good shot. His playmaking skills are decent but he’s more of a complementary player than someone who drives the offense. He plays a reliable defensive game as well. Besides skating, his tools don’t appear to be high-end which is why he projects to become a complementary third-line winger. Saarela is likely going to be drafted in the third round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.” – Jokke Nevalainen (March 2019)

Basse is a tall goaltender who will head to Colorado College this year. Moberg saw action as a forward and defenseman last year and has decent size.

There is a lot to like about what the Blackhawks did on Friday and Saturday night. Their top two picks appear to be relatively safe bets on physically big players with high hockey IQs and a lot of ability to create plays for teammates. If there’s one lottery ticket from Saturday it would be Teply, who could be a name to watch in the near future.

 

74 thoughts on “2019 NHL Draft: Recapping the Blackhawks Weekend

  1. I give the picks for the last two years a solid B grade. With some luck, they have the potential for A’s. All the best to all the Blackhawk prospects!

  2. Not counting the Dach pick, considering where they were picking, i thought they some good potential.

  3. While I watched Dach play live this year, I left always wanting more.

    But I have warmed up to the guy. Reading all this hype helps. I think another reason he was chosen is hes hunble.( Hes a very likeable guy with a great first name.) Byram borders on arrogant. Not that thats a bad thing (hello jordan binnington)

    I REALLY like Vlasic. This was a great pick in my books.

    The rest of the draft? Who the hell knows.

    I do like the Quenneville trade (“John Q”?) and think its a good trade for both sides here.

    Now on to see what Bowman tries to get in trades before July 1st as he said he wants to attempt this first. This is smart btw as there are desperate clubs in cap hell right now. Nice to see it from the other side.

  4. Looking at Vegas. Could look to get Cody Eakin or Haula for little in trade. Good players with a year remaining.
    Vegas has no room at all. Hard to believe how quick that happened.

  5. “Everyone complaining that the Blackhawks didn’t address the future of the blue line in the first round…”

    Who complains that the hawks aren’t spending enough draft picks on D prospects?! We have 99 problems but future D prospects ain’t one.

  6. Great weekend. Stud Center in Kirby Dach. Stud stay at home defenseman in Alex Vlasic.
    Replacing Hayden’s 5 minutes a night or healthy scratch will be easy.

    Hope they called Pavelskis agent, Lee’s agent and Donskoi’s agent today to express interest.

    Hopefully, if the called Jake Gardiner’s Agent, they got a message that said the number has been changed or disconnected.

  7. Craig kinda expect they’ll try to use Boqvist on his opposite side. If can use his wheels to keep play to outside on his wing, then be less vulnerable being on his forehand if the play comes inside and be able to use positioning, with good stick. Would lessen the physical demand, similar to what they did with Gus. Watching some of him in junior last year, being on other side didn’t affect his offense any.

  8. Random observations:

    – disappointed not to pick Byram (but optimistic re Dach). Like the Vlasic pick. No idea on rest of them (and skeptical of anyone who claims to know).

    – feel Stan missed boat over past two drafts by not getting prospects for both a #1 defender (still missing and passed on Byram, Dobson, and Bouchard) and a #1 center. He could have had both.

    – very interested to see what happens with Gus. Does passing on Byram mean Gus will be re-upped? I would prefer to see him dealt now (potentially along with say Mitchell or Beaudin) if it could bring back a high return. Just wouldn’t want to commit the big bucks to him with his lifetime of defense.

    – no interest in Perry (or Pavelski for that matter). I’d rather the yutes get the ice.

    – optimistic that Kubalik will step right in and that Kurashev and Entwistle will show solid development and could be in feathers by year end.

    – after hearing at length last that size does not matter, I guess it actually does.

    – Stan has made some good trades in the past year (although some of them just offset bad moves he made earlier: e.g. Manning, Ruuta contract). I’m not expecting him to be able to repeat those kind of successes though. Optimistic re Maatta

  9. Was in the Byram camp but am not complaining about the Dach pick. We are much more stacked at D and Vlasic is a very good pick. A decent chance he will someday be wearing an Indianhead sweater.

    Have done more reading on all of the centers being considered. Compared to Dach, here are the main differences:

    Cozens: Elite speed but gets knocked off the puck easily. Lower hockey IQ who often makes bad decisions, leading to turnovers. Nowhere as good a playmaker/passer. May have a better shot. As strong in front of the new. As I posted a few days ago, Ken Campbell (THN) predicted the Hawks would take Cozens. Wrong again Ken.

    Turcotte: All-around excellent 200ft player with more speed than Dach. High IQ. Not quite as good of a puck protector and winning battles. Needs 2-3 years of development. Hip injury also may have been factor in passing on him.

    Zegras: Very elite speed and best passer of the group. High IQ. Needs to work on strength. Weaker on the puck and weaker shot. Needs to improve forecheck/backcheck. Needs 2-3 years of development.

    Dach better than the others in protecting the puck, winning puck battles, forechecking and backchecking. Is more of a handful for the opposing team. The best all-around player. Rated higher by Central NA Skaters than the others. Many are saying that he may turn into a 1C.

    The Blackhawk organization must be reading Tab’s site. It’s as if they listened to Hull65 about getting highly-skilled players with size and strength and getting rid of weak and low-skilled players. Dach was his pick all along and Vlasic should make him happy.

    Immediately after Hull said that Kahun and Sikura would ask to be healthy scratches if having to play against a physical playoff team like the Blues, Kahun was traded for a d-man who is more physical. Hull railed about Hayden not belonging in the NHL, he gets shipped out.

    Hull pulls no punches with his posts, many of which we do not agree with. But hats off to him with this draft and recent trades.

  10. I keep reading (not necessarily on this blog) that the Hawks need to add to their bottom six forward depth for this upcoming year..but I think in actuality, the Hawks should look to add a RW for the Toews line and reunite Saad on the first line playing LW..the Hawks are at their best when the first line is a bigger line that can neutralize another teams top line, thus freeing up the Cat-Strome-Kane second line to go to work..since my solution to this was to trade for JT Miller(he’s now on Van) my next suggestion would be to sign Joonas Donskoi..he’s not a top six winger in terms of offensive production, but he does everything else well..this would create a top line of Saad-Toews-Donskoi and a second line of Cat-Strome-Kane(I’ve always preferred Kane and Toews on separate lines during 5 v 5)..now your bottom six gets better by allowing Kubalik-Anisimov-Perlini to form a third line(I also get excited for the possibilities of that third line once Dach takes Anisimov’s place..that line will really be able to move) and Caggiula-Kampf-Wedin go to the fourth energy/checking line..I’d also be o.k. with Sikura on the RW of either the 3rd or fourth line depending on how he looks..anyhoo, my point is that if Stan can find a big first line RW who can skate and who is responsible defensively, that would solve a lot of the bottom six issues..I would also like the flexibility of Donskoi since he can play up and down the RW of any line(so if Sikura and Perlini really have solid starts to the season, you can mix and match your right wingers up and down the lineup)..now if Stan can trade for a better RW option then that’s fine but I think Donskoi is a better option than paying Perry or even Pavelski since I would have concerns giving either of the latter more than a 2-3 year term..but I wouldn’t have any issue signing Donskoi to a 4 year contract..he’s younger, less expensive, and has the puck possession skills our top line needs..he’s not a perfect solution, but he solves a lot of issues for less than $4 mil a year..

  11. Organization does have people who read every blog. So they do know what people post here and elsewhere. Prob have analytics on certain peoples posts and go with those peoples thoughts at times.

  12. Original 6, thx for the kudos. I am simply expressing an opinion, I may be right or wrong but part of all this is sharing thoughts and being passionate about the HAWKS. And, I did not have to reach far back, because we all saw the success of Tallon’s team. We had our genuis little star in Kane but we also fell in love with BUFF, LADD, HOSSA, SAAD, BICKELL, STALBERG, FROLIC, BOLLAND, SHARP , EAGER, MADDEN, RICHARDS, HANDZUS, etc… No one there resembles the little guys like Kahun, Sikura, Anthony Louis, Vinny H, Caggiula, or William Pelletier??? I give DCAT kudos as well but he will be more affective playing alongside a big winger than Kahun or Sikura.
    Drafts are 50/50, so I wish Dach the best and if can be like Scheifele or Getzlaf, we have a good player. I saw him manhandle Byram in Junior. And yes, I agree, I love his attitude. He is humble, hard working, and not arrogant. And he wants to win a CUP. I woukd have drafted a goalie in the 4th around along with Teply but I guess they are hopeful someone from Rockford steps up. SPENCER KNIGHT will be a star in the NHL, well done Florida.
    Let’s see what Bowman does next. There is no way Sikura should make the NHL with Chicago so I hope Houla or Donskoi can be added. via a trade. But we also need some fast gritty players on that 4th line. (ACCIARI KURALY type)

  13. Has to play clean, or else.

    Slayer, he would have a caphit like Richy did 2m or less. So Perry would be better for salary cap.

    I like Donski better to.

  14. Wow, ANA boards are like scary talk. WHat a difference 2 yrs makes for us. Do not visit doom and loom teams blogs.

  15. As I often do, made a typo on Cozens. It should be: As strong in front of the net.

    Hull, most of the players you give credit to Tallon were acquired by Bowman: Saad, Stalberg, Frolic, Richards, Handzus. You left out Brouwer, who was drafted by Tallon.

  16. I am very happy with Bowman and crew. They had the patience to wait it out and load up more through draft. Then we get rewarded with top 3 pick. Now by doing that we are Way moar going to be better then we would have by signing high ufas last 2 summers. Huge wave of good young players coming. As much cap space as we need to keep everyone, essentially.

    Reload Babaaaay!

  17. Sikura-Toews-Kane
    Cat-Strome-Kubalik
    Saad-Anisimov-Dach
    Caggiula-Kampf-Perlini

    Let Dach start on RW and then he can switch positions with Anisimov when he’s ready, at which time Stan can try to trade Anisimov and one of the prospects can get called up.

  18. Tallonisnohero …thank you gor this link …wow ..i knew he was not really good but didnt realize he was that bad .
    After looking more on Dach , i think differently now and listening to many scout info made me change my mind on the new kid in town …i was a Byram fan and my second choice was really Turcotte even if i think he is fragile . Let see how things will develop in the near future. Still bitter that Hawks didnt find a way to get Caufield , but i also know that Bergevin would live to get Beaudin since last year …so maybe …maybe there is a possibility in a trade to get him.( dreaming again )
    I would also love to see the Islander Captain join the Hawks on the first of july at 6.5 millions for 6 years .he is 28 now.I think it would be a good fit for the Hawks …let see

  19. Maybe Perry on shirt tetm deal ans Donnskoi on a longer term, Saad to Canes for top pair guy.
    Doubt Lee signs that low after seeing what Skinner and Hayes got. What a break VGK got karlson at 5.9 8yrs because he wanted 8 yr deal and stay in Vegas.

  20. HARD PASS ON COREY PERRY

    Anyone honestly thinking he’s a good idea should go back and watch Chris Kunitz last season again. Cannot pass on that strongly enough. AWFUL idea.

  21. Honestly Tab, Kunitz is no more a reason not to sign Perry than Brad Richards is say sign him.

  22. Would it be fair to compare Dach with another former Hawk with a similar name – Eric Daze…? (Before his back injury seriously eroded his game)

    Similar size too….. Just wondering…

  23. Joey, I have actually thought about the Dach/Daze comparison. Also, it seems a lot of people have forgotten about Perlini as a more than solid bottom six guy. I think he should definitely be included on any proposed line combinations.

  24. Interesting article on the value of Corey Perry. I am not a fan of pursuing him at all. He is 34 and his decline has been a multi-year issue not just one bad year. Might as well go after Wayne Simmonds if SB wants an older guy with toughness to his game (not that this would be a good idea either).

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/corey-perry-valued-unrestricted-free-agent/

    Perlini has to be a top 9 forward – he is not a 4th line guy. If Dylan Sikura is on our first line it is going to be a long year. Agree with others regarding Donskoi, he would be a nice addition and I have read that he wants a change of scenery.

  25. Daze was a winger (never a center) and a pure sniper with a fabulous release. Dach, according to the reports, is a pass first guy (who needs to shoot more) with great hands (and other good stuff too). I don’t really see any similarity between them other than they are both big. It’s a real shame that Daze’s career got cut short. He was a wonderful player.

    Re Perry, I am not a Stan fan and one of the reasons is he has a habit of undercutting himself by making too many moves and reaching as well. An example would be the horrendous trade for Weise and Fleischmann after he’d already gotten Ladd. Signing Kunitz was another. We are (hopefully) on the right track and we do not need Corey Perry or his totally douchey behaviour. So here’s to hoping Stan smells the coffee on this one and the rumors are nothing but air.

  26. Miroslav – thanks for the post of the Tallon article. I have to laugh at all the angst over the Dach pick when Tallon had the incredible Trifecta of Cam Barker, Jack Skille and Kyle Beach – wow those were some awful top 10 picks.

  27. Not a real fan of Perry but signing fas to term deals and without AA caphit keeping rfas like Dbrincat, Strome and Kubalik around even tougher with low balling cap, and good chance they do it again next year apparently.
    Giving the team the best chance without long term harm has limited options, there is space this year but not next and no highend fas going to sign one year deals. Perry just an option that doesn’t hurt the future, not a big long term deal.

  28. Gander, saw a report he was being resignd, 11.

    I dodnt know Perry was hurt and wasnt as good as he was before. I recently found out hes not as fast as before, thats not good. Everyone know I really do not like him. There just was a lot of talk about him signing here because of contract buyout and thats what made me think of Richy and good caphit.

    I would rather have anyone thats good, when he was better, for 1 2 yr at a time for a first line like that.

    Have a killer 1st line.
    fa/trade 19 88
    12 17 71
    20 15 77
    91 64 11

  29. Mo you look at next summer what they are dealing with. 19,20 and 88 thats 27m. If you resign 12, 17, 91 Kubalik and sign a middle range fa, don’t knowanyway you do that for less tha 21m, thats 48m for 8 fwds. 6 more fwds going to be 8m+ best case. Defense with 2, 7 5, and Maatta even with Boqvist elc and don’t resign Gus still 23 m and 1m for Delia, thats 80 m there and a decision how you replace Crawford to make.
    They are saying probably cap increase again be similar so looking at 84m cap next year, players not using escalator to me is just benefitting the big salary earners and splitting the PA and letting owners away with a divide and conquer ploy. All this capspace talk is a one year deal if you want keep young players around.

  30. Sure I think the more we add then not be able to keep someone later. Thats ok to, we do not have to save every yr for rfas 3 yrs from now. Like your saying be smart about it though. Any good free ufa on 1 or 2 yr contract is ok and doesnt mess young wave bridges after elcs. Who knows now Pavaski or other, a good established two way FW, might stick around longer then people think and someone else is off 23man instead.

    Thats why I like to add just not overboard. Bowman and crew havnt added for two yrs and build from within. Making roster better by trades Rutta Manning Schmaltz Knutz Kahun Hayden even Krugs out, Cagiluga Perlini for now Strome Matta in. Think we see more of this, tank off and better players in.

    Not sure but how do we not add one more good player ufa/trade before game 1 of 82. Trades like 15 and not keeping 50 if he doesnt resign for 2.5-3.5 caphit for later yrs and other like 7 eventually I see being used for higher caphits of younger players. Come round and round.

    Cap staying to standard 2.5 raise each yr and not a 4 jump spot, might help us better and screw the top teams. Bringing them in closer. When those teams are peaking now. We have lots of good yrs coming, even with 19 88 not in prime 35-40, and can win when they are older only because of young wave.

    D0 not believe a word of that florida shht about Dach be most ready and we only have maybe 2 yrs. I think we ll be even better when 19 88 are older because of young wave and having a young group of D and not 7 or whoever. 19 88 can play to 40 these other guys cant.

  31. Whats good about cap screwing up the current top teams is they wont be as deep anymore. Then we come along, with COL, and have a good young wave and free elc players from euro and are a bit deeper on some yrs. It looks good. Plus you also have expansion thing taking one decent player from the top teams. Its a good timing to not be deep, then be deep right after and on.

    You have to think that we ll have 15 7 and others caphit off by a certain point. When the top young players are getting their prime yr contracts, 2 7 15 maybe 50 wont be on 23man. Those caphits can go to 4 of the younger players.

  32. Really I do not see why not just buyout 7 contract, at some point, instead of giving away a player in trade to do it.

    So what if 2 of the first 4 yrs are only a saving of 2m and 1m, the other 2 yrs you get to use 5m, and then who cares about the rest at .800 ish.

    Just do it, if you cant get a trade/expansion/anything else, when its time.

  33. Talking about buying out Seabrook’s contract, capfriendly has a tool to show you what the buyout would cost the team:

    https://www.capfriendly.com/buyout-calculator/brent-seabrook

    He is still owed a lot of money and the cap savings fluctuate from year to year until flatlining in 2024-25 making it hard to sign multiyear contracts. I don’t see a buyout for #7 as a viable cap management strategy for the Hawks. They are kind of doomed to wait and see if he fails a physical to be moved to LTIR.

  34. Whatever works, when its time. Just mean that I would rather do that then give a top young player away.

  35. Miroslav be better off eating half of Seabrooks contract and giving a team a prospect who likely isn’t going play with Blackhawks than buying him out. Or get him to wave nmc for expansion draft and trade that type of player to Seattle to draft him. Still think ltir could come into play in a year or 2 also.

  36. @Mo, I hear you, I don’t relish the idea of the Hawks having to add a sweetener to move Searbook. Just wanted to post what the ramifications of a buyout would be.

  37. @Ian, I wasn’t advocating using the buyout for Seabrook, only posting a link to show what would happen. I don’t think a buyout is a realistic option anytime soon in his case.

  38. Seabrook is a warrior, who will give you 110%.

    Sadly he is no longer the force he once was.

    He can still be an asset if they use him in a limited role, not unlike how they used Sopel.

    He also has value in showing the young guns coming how to be an NHL defenseman.

  39. Miroslav don’t like those conversations either, Seabrook brought alot to the organization but the sad fact us it’s a reality that most likely is coming.

  40. Hawks2010, you and I both had Byram as 1st choice and Turcotte as 2nd. I had Dach as my 3rd. If I were the decision-maker, I may have shied away from Turcotte based on his past serious injury. Maybe this was the thinking of the organization. If so, totally understandable. If Byram wasn’t going to be the pick because of the run on d-men the past two years, then Dach probably made the most sense.

    Some of these hockey writers, including the Sun-Times said the pick was a surprise or that the Hawks went a bit off the board. Last Word on Hockey sounds more like the scouts: “The Hawks get a potential franchise centre at third overall. Dach reminds many of Getzlaf and has the same kind of potential. He protects the puck well and can set up teammates with tape-to-tape passes through tight spaces.”

    As I posted above, to me Dach was a safer pick than Cozens or Zegras and may end up being the best center.

  41. From Pierre LeBrun this afternoon :
    Blackhawks plans
    My sense is the Blackhawks don’t plan on a lot of UFA action early this week but that could change later in the week. A source suggested the Hawks are more focused on trades early this week. And I think part of that is that the term it’s going to take to sign most UFAs on the market isn’t terribly appealing to a Chicago team that has a good cap situation. A year from now, the Hawks don’t want to be in a position to have to shed assets just to sign their RFAs. So for now it’s about trades where there are players out there with shorter terms left on their contracts. But obviously, if that doesn’t work out, the UFA market will also come into play.

  42. Word of advice – don’t waste your time trying to talk sense and facts about Tallon

    Won’t change a thing

  43. Yea, I know you guys are just making sure info is accurate. You know what I mean. Ian has those ways, then if need be I would buyout.

    It would be a little screwy, cant sign a ufa/trade for 5 yrs at set caphit hit, with seabs buyout numbers-by the yr. You can though, even screwy and not ideal, use it to give a young player their raise for an yr/first yr of raise, then trade someone else or not keep someone else on that yr you donot get as much relief and again on the other yr that that happens, do same thing.

    Just a way, not ideal, but a way to do it and keep the more important younger players and not keep someone else. As apose to having to good young player you want to keep, because thats only way other team does it.

    screwy not ideal works keep more inportant young player someone else not keep.

  44. I fine with seabs being soaps and rozy. Just until we have 6 or 7 Defensemen better then him and we need to cap wise. No need until then. I would rather have him as long as we can until it gets in the way of better players and salary cap.

  45. Craig, thats basically what Bowman said on one of those videos after draft picks.

    Theres were the people here who said lets steal a young player from another top team salary capped and shed with one free yr of extra space.

  46. Have nothing against Tallon just think Bowman has done better and is way better and glad we have who we have. Just look at the 1st round picks both GM did.

    I feel very good about what we have assembled during this reload and back to top 5.

  47. I’d be happy with trading for DeHaan and signing Anders Lee or something something similar

    Dach will be no Kyle Beach IMO – I predict a very good NHL career for him

  48. I think he means how bad Tallon 1st round picks were, or how many bad ones he had. Then look at how many good 1st Bowman has had. Night and Day.

  49. Projected

    Artemi Panarin F CBJ UFA 27 8 $11,172,683
    Mikko Rantanen F COL RFA 22 8 $9,931,903
    Sebastian Aho F CAR RFA 21 8 $9,835,723
    Erik Karlsson D S.J UFA 29 8 $9,720,403
    Mitch Marner F TOR RFA 22 8 $9,613,128
    Jeff Skinner F BUF UFA 27 8 $8,341,377
    Brayden Point F T.B RFA 23 5 $8,095,553
    Matthew Tkachuk F CGY RFA 21 6 $7,836,132
    Joe Pavelski F S.J UFA 34 3 $7,408,595
    Jacob Trouba D WPG RFA 25 5 $7,192,119
    Charlie Mcavoy D BOS RFA 21 6 $7,129,068
    Patrik Laine F WPG RFA 21 7 $7,074,053
    Brock Boeser F VAN RFA 22 7 $6,877,966
    Zach Werenski D CBJ RFA 21 7 $6,844,122
    Matt Duchene F CBJ/OTT UFA 28 6 $6,836,804
    Jake Gardiner D TOR UFA 28 7 $6,820,761
    Kyle Connor F WPG RFA 22 6 $6,814,995
    Ivan Provorov D PHI RFA 22 6 $6,615,946
    Anders Lee F NYI UFA 28 7 $6,558,841
    William Karlsson F VGK RFA 26 5 $6,334,878
    Mats Zuccarello F DAL/NYR UFA 31 4 $6,091,779
    Tyler Myers D WPG UFA 29 7 $6,055,556
    Justin Williams F CAR UFA 37 3 $5,958,269
    Jordan Eberle F NYI UFA 29 7 $5,942,456
    Timo Meier F S.J RFA 22 6 $5,783,341
    Kevin Hayes F NYR/WPG UFA 27 6 $5,771,114
    Alex Edler D VAN UFA 33 3 $5,745,169
    Gustav Nyquist F DET/S.J UFA 29 6 $5,649,366
    Esa Lindell D DAL RFA 25 4 $5,180,194
    Wayne Simmonds F NSH/PHI UFA 30 5 $4,956,863
    Richard Panik F ARI UFA 28 4 $4,795,203
    Joel Edmundson D STL RFA 26 6 $4,617,689
    Tony Deangelo D NYR RFA 23 6 $4,594,093
    Marcus Johansson F BOS/N.J UFA 28 4 $4,576,765
    Anton Stralman D T.B UFA 32 3 $4,475,273
    Brock Nelson F NYI UFA 27 4 $4,454,876
    Cody Ceci D OTT RFA 25 5 $4,349,711
    Ryan Dzingel F CBJ/OTT UFA 27 4 $4,256,526
    Brandon Carlo D BOS RFA 22 6 $4,235,288
    Micheal Ferland F CAR UFA 27 4 $4,106,404
    Ryan Murray D CBJ RFA 25 3 $4,071,339
    Derick Brassard F COL/FLA/PIT UFA 31 3 $3,955,005
    j t Compher F COL RFA 24 6 $3,873,645
    Andreas Johnsson F TOR RFA 24 4 $3,672,590
    Brett Kulak D MTL RFA 25 6 $3,648,894
    Ron Hainsey D TOR UFA 38 2 $3,648,382
    Kevin Labanc F S.J RFA 23 3 $3,646,832
    Patrick Maroon F STL UFA 31 3 $3,550,283
    Jordie Benn D MTL UFA 31 4 $3,489,088
    Brett Connolly F WSH UFA 27 3 $3,472,185
    Oscar Lindberg F OTT/VGK UFA 27 4 $3,413,210
    Patrik Nemeth D COL UFA 27 4 $3,376,359
    Joel Armia F MTL RFA 26 3 $3,365,788
    Travis Konecny F PHI RFA 22 2 $3,316,897
    Joe Thornton F S.J UFA 39 1 $3,166,527
    Alex Chiasson F EDM UFA 28 3 $3,125,887
    Kevin Fiala F MIN/NSH RFA 22 2 $3,102,279
    Jakub Vrana F WSH RFA 23 2 $3,100,747
    Anthony Duclair F CBJ/OTT RFA 23 4 $3,098,946
    Derrick Pouliot D VAN RFA 25 3 $3,088,146
    Artturi Lehkonen F MTL RFA 23 2 $3,012,205
    Neal Pionk D NYR RFA 23 2 $2,934,707
    Pavel Buchnevich F NYR RFA 24 2 $2,874,385
    Travis Sanheim D PHI RFA 23 2 $2,859,126
    Nathan Beaulieu D BUF/WPG RFA 26 3 $2,857,445
    Alex Kerfoot F COL RFA 24 2 $2,824,048
    Danton Heinen F BOS RFA 23 2 $2,819,150
    Joonas Donskoi F S.J UFA 27 3 $2,796,060
    Sam Bennett F CGY RFA 23 3 $2,795,669
    Ben Chiarot D WPG UFA 28 3 $2,766,359
    Brandon Tanev F WPG UFA 27 4 $2,740,805
    Jake Mccabe D BUF RFA 25 2 $2,685,410
    Colton Sissons F NSH RFA 25 3 $2,648,626
    Niklas Kronwall D DET UFA 38 2 $2,632,854
    Andre Burakovsky F WSH RFA 24 2 $2,553,126
    Anthony Beauvillier F NYI RFA 22 2 $2,551,281
    Nikita Zadorov D COL RFA 24 2 $2,538,159
    Colin Wilson F COL UFA 29 3 $2,520,970
    Markus Granlund F VAN RFA 26 2 $2,513,828
    Ryan Hartman F NSH/PHI RFA 24 2 $2,507,731
    Carl Hagelin F L.A/PIT/WSH UFA 30 3 $2,428,659
    Ben Hutton D VAN RFA 26 2 $2,428,285
    Mattias Janmark F DAL RFA 26 2 $2,415,517
    Evan Rodrigues F BUF RFA 25 3 $2,403,673
    Alex Iafallo F L.A RFA 25 2 $2,402,877
    Will Butcher D N.J RFA 24 2 $2,387,760
    Jordan Weal F ARI/MTL/PHI UFA 27 3 $2,331,601
    Brendan Leipsic F L.A/VAN RFA 25 3 $2,316,508
    Kasperi Kapanen F TOR RFA 22 2 $2,228,776
    Brock Mcginn F CAR RFA 25 2 $2,195,805
    Andrew Copp F WPG RFA 24 2 $2,176,861
    Braydon Coburn D T.B UFA 34 2 $2,084,100
    Nick Cousins F ARI RFA 25 3 $2,064,958
    Pavel Zacha F N.J RFA 22 2 $2,060,803
    Robby Fabbri F STL RFA 23 2 $2,056,560
    Brendan Perlini F ARI/CHI RFA 23 2 $2,056,017
    Adrian Kempe F L.A RFA 22 2 $2,021,232
    Thomas Vanek F DET UFA 35 1 $1,993,768
    Josh Leivo F TOR/VAN RFA 26 3 $1,968,234
    Zemgus Girgensons F BUF RFA 25 3 $1,963,227
    Brian Gibbons F ANA/OTT UFA 31 3 $1,948,185
    Magnus Paajarvi F OTT UFA 28 3 $1,916,457
    Deryk Engelland D VGK UFA 37 1 $1,899,199
    Nikolay Goldobin F VAN RFA 23 2 $1,848,639
    Tyler Ennis F TOR UFA 29 3 $1,847,355
    Colin White F OTT RFA 22 2 $1,846,418
    Tomas Nosek F VGK RFA 26 3 $1,818,183
    Johan Larsson F BUF RFA 26 2 $1,783,041
    Ryan Donato F BOS/MIN RFA 23 2 $1,746,496
    Oskar Sundqvist F STL RFA 25 3 $1,721,732
    Tobias Rieder F EDM RFA 26 2 $1,705,187
    Scott Laughton F PHI RFA 25 2 $1,698,760
    Roman Polak D DAL UFA 33 1 $1,675,162
    Jason Spezza F DAL UFA 36 1 $1,620,907
    Marcus Pettersson D ANA/PIT RFA 23 2 $1,600,911
    Josh Archibald F ARI RFA 26 3 $1,596,930
    Ivan Barbashev F STL RFA 23 2 $1,565,251
    Valtteri Filppula F NYI UFA 35 1 $1,535,542
    Par Lindholm F TOR/WPG UFA 27 3 $1,523,439
    Ben Lovejoy D DAL/N.J UFA 35 1 $1,474,611
    Denis Malgin F FLA RFA 22 2 $1,442,406
    Cedric Paquette F T.B RFA 25 2 $1,436,654
    Pierre-Edouard Bellemare F VGK UFA 34 2 $1,424,773
    Dan Girardi D T.B UFA 35 1 $1,423,056
    Jason Dickinson F DAL RFA 23 2 $1,411,809
    Sven Andrighetto F COL RFA 26 2 $1,383,408
    Jesse Puljujarvi F EDM RFA 21 2 $1,367,908
    Stefan Noesen F N.J RFA 26 1 $1,357,916
    Mackenzie Weegar D FLA RFA 25 2 $1,350,165
    Joel Eriksson Ek F MIN RFA 22 2 $1,335,431
    Garnet Hathaway F CGY UFA 27 3 $1,330,963
    Lawson Crouse F ARI RFA 22 2 $1,311,898
    Riley Sheahan F FLA/PIT UFA 27 2 $1,299,499
    Mike Reilly D MTL RFA 25 2 $1,294,063
    Nate Thompson F L.A/MTL UFA 34 2 $1,278,728
    Zach Aston-Reese F PIT RFA 24 2 $1,268,315
    Brian Boyle F N.J/NSH UFA 34 1 $1,255,877
    Jake Dotchin D ANA RFA 25 3 $1,194,018
    David Kampf F CHI RFA 24 2 $1,169,651
    Noel Acciari F BOS UFA 27 2 $1,159,592
    Brad Hunt D MIN/VGK UFA 30 2 $1,159,301
    Brandon Pirri F VGK UFA 28 1 $1,154,242
    Devante Smith-Pelly F WSH UFA 27 2 $1,149,369
    Ryan Carpenter F VGK UFA 28 2 $1,145,841
    Jujhar Khaira F EDM RFA 24 2 $1,138,249
    Connor Carrick D DAL/N.J RFA 25 2 $1,133,680
    Brooks Orpik D WSH UFA 38 1 $1,129,280
    Jayce Hawryluk F FLA RFA 23 2 $1,124,023
    Brett Ritchie F DAL RFA 25 2 $1,106,681
    Tyler Motte F VAN RFA 24 2 $1,098,114
    Pontus Aberg F ANA/MIN RFA 25 1 $1,088,119
    Mirco Mueller D N.J RFA 24 2 $1,086,483
    Jason Pominville F BUF UFA 36 1 $1,086,403
    Joe Morrow D WPG RFA 26 1 $1,085,622
    Luca Sbisa D NYI UFA 29 1 $1,066,294
    Tom Kuhnhackl F NYI UFA 27 1 $1,065,386
    Dmitrij Jaskin F WSH RFA 26 2 $1,051,967
    Ilya Lyubushkin D ARI RFA 25 2 $1,035,813
    Taylor Fedun D DAL UFA 31 2 $1,032,981
    Adam Mcquaid D CBJ/NYR UFA 32 1 $1,023,089
    Tim Heed D S.J UFA 28 2 $1,021,113
    Igor Ozhiganov D TOR RFA 26 2 $1,018,009
    Joakim Ryan D S.J RFA 26 2 $1,015,441
    Matt Roy D L.A RFA 24 2 $1,014,951
    Derek Grant F ANA/PIT UFA 29 1 $1,000,396
    Adam Erne F T.B RFA 24 2 $998,402
    Brendan Lemieux F NYR/WPG RFA 23 2 $993,510
    Xavier Ouellet D MTL RFA 25 1 $984,663
    Tomas Plekanec F MTL UFA 36 1 $977,037

  50. Guys got higher then projected before cap. Now with cap less wonder if be closer to these numbers.

  51. Ryan Hartman traded again. Guess SB did pretty well with that trade.

    Mo – not sure where those projections came from but I LOL’d at the $3.1m projected for Anthony Duclair! That may be how much he has to pay a team for another chance.

  52. I am getting pumped about Dach. It just feels right seeing his family and they way he goes about things. I think he could be wicked good.

  53. Picked up DeHaan! 4.5MM cap hit. Interesting. Another left handed shot, but gave up Forsling who was also LHS. Got rid of Forsberg as well.

  54. Instant reaction :

    Pierre LeBrun
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    I wrote this morning that Chicago was more focused on trades this week than UFAs. Hawks felt they needed better experienced D that could defend and kill penalties. They feel they got that in Maatta and now De Haan.

  55. Like this trade a lot. Was hoping to sign De Hassan last year. Didn’t give up much although we probably won’t take on much more salary unless we unload existing players. DeHaan had off-season surgery so won’t be ready for the start of the year which will allow the other guys competing for spots 6 and 7 to get more minutes early.

  56. Just noticed we also got Aleksi Saarela who is the older brother of the kid we picked in the 4th round on Saturday. Looks to be a real prospect – scored 30 goals in the AHL last year and was called up for one of Carolina’s playoff games. Trade is even better than I thought.

  57. Morrison -> master at copy and past to occupy space.
    #1 pick was not overall consensus as per the “experts”. As rich as the Hawks are on D they still allowed a sure winner to get away – we will see.
    Amazing write up on Teply for a guy who could have gone ‘in the first round’ but was taken in the 4th. “Needs to work on his consistency, defensive game and skating.” – isn’t that the entire game of hockey? Kindu sounds like the kid needs to start at the beginning and re evaluate if he even wants to pursue a hockey career! (I am being harsh) No doubt. Hawks will need to nurture him – carefully.

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