On Saturday afternoon the Blackhawks acquired center Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Cam Schilling.
Latta, 25, was a third round pick (#72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2009 NHL Draft. He was the second player Nashville sent to Washington with Martin Erat for Filip Forsberg in 2013. Latta’s current contract carries a $600,000 cap hit and expires at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Listed at 6-0 and 207, Latta appeared in 113 games with the Washington Capitals over three seasons, posting four goals and 13 assists. Latta appeared in 43 games with the Caps last season and had seven points.
This season with the Ontario Reign – LA’s AHL affiliate – Latta has two goals and four assists in 29 games.
Schilling, 28, has also only appeared in NHL games as a member of the Washington Capitals. He signed a two-way deal with the Blackhawks in July of 2015 and appeared in 73 games with the IceHogs last year. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games with Rockford this year.