The Chicago Blackhawks are on a four-game winning streak in a season that may very well end up ending with one of the worst records in the league. They are enjoying it while it lasts because things could take a turn at any moment based on the roster.
On Wednesday morning, a move was made that turned the vibes around a little bit. We were all reminded how bad Stan Bowman was when we learned that the Blackhawks have now traded Nicolas Beaudin to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Cameron Hillis.
That is another first-round pick drafted by Bowman that didn’t work out. He was waived before the season started and nobody took him. Now, the Blackhawks traded him to the Habs for someone who will report directly back to the Rockford Ice Hogs.
Nicolas Beaudin was a first-round pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2018 NHL Draft. They had two that year as a result of a trade and the other player selected was Adam Boqvist. Both of them have now been traded away.
The Chicago Blackhawks made a trade that is going to disappoint everyone.
It is sad too because by selecting two defensemen that year, they took Kirby Dach one year later with the third overall pick instead of Bowen Byram which was always a huge mistake. That was a bad mistake either way but the fact that neither Boqvist nor Beaudin worked makes it even worse.
This is a very disappointing trade but not because of what they traded or got in return. It is another reminder of how poorly run this team was during the last regime’s final years. It is going to be hard to come back from but they are already off to a good start.
Now that Beaudin is gone, they need to move on. Forget about the fact that all of these first-round picks were either traded away or busts and move on. It is up to Kyle Davidson to continue the rebuild and that is what he is doing.
Hopefully, for his sake, Beaudin is able to find a little bit of magic with Montreal. The Blackhawks didn’t do him any favors either. At the end of the day, it is onward and upward for both sides.