The Blackhawks hosted the NHL Draft for the first time this weekend, and it appears to have been a success.
It wasn’t until his agent called and asked him to submit a list of 10 teams to which he’d accept a trade that Hjalmarsson knew his time was up.
Toews and Quenneville weren’t doing much smiling on draft weekend as they tried to wrap their heads around a dizzying three-day span.
The Blackhawks have nine NHL Draft picks for Saturday and used their first one to draft Ian Mitchell.
Toews and Kane make surprise visit to announce the pick.
Blackhawks lose a three-time Stanley Cup champion in Hjalmarsson, but gain a two-time champ in Saad.
Stan Bowman has seen a lot of Connor Murphy during his time with USA Hockey. Now, Bowman will watch a lot more of him with the Blackhawks.