Ahead of Friday’s NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks sent shock-waves through the league by trading Artemi Panarin to Columbus for Brendan Saad. The full deal also includes Tyler Motte and a 6th round pick in this years draft with Anton Forsberg and a 5th round pick in 2018 going back the other way. Panarin was one of few Hawks players to not have a no-movement clause and is expected to only cost more as he continues to flourish.
Panarin won the Calder Trophy his rookie year in which he recorded 77 points and finished with 74 this season. The “breadman” reached the 30-goal plateau both seasons. He had signed a two-year extension in December worth $12 million. Arguably Chicago’s most promising player, who fell into their laps, will now join a Blue Jackets team which just came off a record year and play alongside fellow countryman, Sergei Bobrovsky. It is interesting to note that, Bobrovsky is the godfather to one of Artem Anisimov’s children, Anisimov of course was a teammate of Panarins who was initially traded for Brandon Saad.