Blackhawks Trade Alex DeBrincat For Senators For Draft Picks

The Ottawa Senators have taken on Alex DeBrincat, one of the best young scores in the NHL today, in a blockbuster game with the Chicago Blackhawks.

In return, the Senators send three draft picks to the Blackhawks, including the seventh overall selection in Thursday’s NHL Draft. The Blackhawks will also receive pick No. 39 in the 2022 draft and a third round pick in 2024.

“The acquisition of Alex brings immediate and additional firepower to our forward group,” Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “He is a dynamic striker who poses a scoring threat in the attacking zone. He maintains great vision, has exceptional skills and a quality shot, which helps him score from almost any part of the ice. He is a consistent performer and An underrated playmaker by Senators fans will surely enjoy watching the game in Ottawa.”

DeBrincat, 24, already has two seasons of 41 goals to his resume in just five seasons, including last season when he also set a career high with 78 points. Scoring just 5 feet-7, he initially fell in the second round in the 2016 draft, despite racking up stacks of points in the OHL and he continues to be a scoring threat in the NHL.

He has one season left on his $6.4 million cap hit contract and will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2023. However, DeBrincat’s salary in the 2022-2023 season will be $9 million – the same number as his qualifying offer next summer – meaning a major contract extension is in his future.

The move is the first significant transaction to be made by Blackhawk general manager Kyle Davidson as the club embarks on a full rebuild. With this trade, the Blackhawks now have a pick in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft after their pick (No. 6) was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a deal for Seth Jones a year ago.

The Blackhawks are reportedly sounding the trade interests of a number of key players, including forwards Kirby Dach and Patrick Kane.

“We thank Alex for his tireless dedication to the Blackhawks organization over the past five seasons and wish him the best in Ottawa,” Davidson said in a statement. “It was an incredibly difficult decision to trade a player of Alex’s caliber. We feel this move will prime the Blackhawks for future success by giving us additional flexibility and future talent. enables us to strengthen our prospect base with high-end players that we expect to make a difference in the coming years.

“Although we did not have a first-choice in the draft until today, our Scouting staff anticipated this scenario. I have been clear in my desire to advance to the first round, and we are excited to go ahead and make a choice This evening.”

Earlier in the day, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Senators and Sabers had struck a deal that would have sent Matt Murray to Buffalo, but Murray blocked the move with his no-trade clause. That trade reportedly included the seventh overall pick, which the senators then used to acquire DeBrincat.

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