Blackhawks Acquire Adam Gaudette From Vancouver

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Adam Gaudette from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Matthew Highmore.

Gaudette, 24, has four goals and three assists in 33 games for the Canucks this season. A right-handed center, Gaudette in in the final year of his current contract that carries a $925,000 cap hit; he is an RFA at the end of the 2021 season. He was initially a fifth round pick (#149 overall) by Vancouver in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Given the NHL’s quarantine rules and the current COVID issues in Vancouver, it might be a while before we see Gaudette in the lineup for Chicago. Gaudette is out of COVID protocols, however.

Gaudette played college hockey with former Hawks prospect Dylan Sikura at Northeastern, where he led the team with 30 goals and 30 assists in 38 games during the 2017-18 season. He won the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate hockey player in 2018.

In 59 games with the Canucks in 2019-20, Gaudette scored 12 goals with 21 assists. He brings more offensive upside than Highmore.

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Adam Gaudette From Vancouver

  • April 12, 2021 at 11:21 am

    I believe Gaudette was removed from covid protocol yesterday. Good trade rfa under control for a couple more years or 3.

  • April 12, 2021 at 11:51 am

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  • April 12, 2021 at 11:53 am

    I don’t know if Gaudette is good enough to be a piece of the rebuilt core group but I know Highmore wasn’t so the trade seems like a no lose to me.

  • April 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Vancouver fans aren’t super happy with this. Gaudette was 12-21-33 last year, and they thought the needle was pointing up for him. He has regressed this year, but he was in the mix for players Vancouver may protect from Seattle.

    Highmore will probably be a decent bottom 6 guy in the future, so the Hawks are getting a potential #3 center. If he doesn’t work out or Seattle grabs him, at least they didn’t give up a whole lot for him.

  • April 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Highmore has hit his high mark which was 4th line grinder. Gaudette at least has some offensive upside and plays center. Good trade. And hey….Stan did not trade for a tossed away 1st rounder….how about that !!

  • April 12, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Not unhappy with this.
    I don’t think StanBo is done yet tho…

  • April 12, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Janmark to Vegas for 2 picks. He should be a good fit for them. And maybe we resign after the year is out.

    I like the Gaudette trade. Highmore wasn’t going to break the roster anyway with the emergence of Hagel.

  • April 12, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Canuck fans hating on this and I’m guessing most of them don’t even know how limited Highmore’s ceiling is. He played hard at all times, but IMO he took too many sloppy penalties which you can’t really tolerate in a fourth line player.

  • April 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    another iron in the center fire. unfortunately he is 41% on face offs in 150+ nhl games. after three years in the nhl and at his age that is not likely to get better. highmore a dime a dozen fourth line winger so the trade is not likely to turn out a win, but certainly not a lose.

    gaudette another tiger who bowman is hoping will change his stripes. hoping at age 24 he will turn into a face off guy and hoping at 24 & 23 strome and nylander will grow some stones. i’m a hawks fan and always hope for the best, but not holding my breath on any of those guys being hawks in september of 2022.

  • April 12, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Highmore isint the only player that wont be part of the Cup contender 23man roster.

    Good luck to him and the others as they go and we gather better players just like 2008 and 2009 seasons.

    Load young wave!

  • April 12, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    @Hawks 29, that and add to the fact that Gaudette is -27 for his career, I’m thinking he’s another reincarnation of Nylander.

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