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NHL Power Rankings: Trade deadline edition

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NHL Power Rankings: Trade deadline edition

The Blackhawks made the biggest splash on trade deadline week by landing Tomas Fleischmann, Andrew Ladd, Dale Weise and Christian Ehrhoff, which forced other teams in the Western Conference to respond.

The Kings strengthened their forward group by adding Kris Versteeg, and brought back a familiar face on the blue line in Rob Scuderi. The Ducks traded for Jamie McGinn and Brandon Pirri while the Stars acquired Kris Russell in an effort to short up a leaky defense.

Meanwhile in the East, the first-place Capitals added insurance up front and in back with the acquisitions of Daniel Winnik and Mike Weber. The Rangers acquired Erik Staal in a blockbuster to compete with them, while the Panthers traded for Jiri Hudler, Teddy Purcell and Jakub Kindl for the postseason run. 

Check in with CSNChicago.com for updated rankings every Monday throughout the 2015-16 campaign. Here's where we're at so far: Preseason rankings | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20

 

Rank Team
Last Week Record/Comment
1 1

45-12-4, 94 points: The Capitals added forward Daniel Winnik and defenseman Mike Weber to bolster their depth at both positions for a potential lengthy postseason run.

2   2 34-19-8, 76 points: The Ducks have been on a second-half tear, and adding Jamie McGinn (gritty forward) and Brandon Pirri (goal-scorer) provides the depth that every Stanley Cup contending team needs. They also shipped Patrick Maroon to Edmonton for a prospect and fourth-round draft pick in 2016.
3
 
3

39-20-5, 83 points: Stan Bowman circumvented the salary cap once again to fit forwards Andrew Ladd, Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on the roster. The Blackhawks look poised to win their fourth Stanley Cup in seven seasons.

4 4

37-21-4, 78 points: The Kings, who are by far the best puck possession team in the NHL, strengthened their already-deep forward group with the addition of Kris Versteeg and brought back Rob Scuderi, who was part of their 2014 Stanley Cup-winning team.

5   8

36-22-4, 76 points: The trade deadline is over, and Jonathan Drouin, who requested a trade, is still a member of the Lightning, which means they'll look to maximize his value in the offseason. Although suspended, GM Steve Yzerman said of Drouin this season: "If he wants to come back, the door is open."

6   10 36-20-9, 81 points: The Rangers went 9-2-1 in February, and are looking like the Stanley Cup-contending team that everyone thought they'd be. The Rangers acquired Erik Staal to bolster their top-six, and didn't give up a first-round pick. Solid deal.
7    4 36-20-9, 81 points: It's been a challenging year for the Blues, who have been decimated with injuries from the get go. GM Doug Armstrong was handcuffed at the deadline, and made a minor trade by acquiring goaltender Anders Nilsson from Edmonton with Brian Elliott on injured reserve.
8    6 31-21-8, 70 points: The Penguins took a chance on Justin Schultz by sacrificing a third-round pick for him, and it has the potential to serve as a short-term and long-term solution if the 25-year-old defenseman benefits from a change of scenery, style and secondary role.
9   8

35-19-8, 78 points: The Panthers weren't willing to part ways with a first-round pick and mortgage their future for a big-name rental player, but adding Jiri Hudler, Teddy Purcell and Jakub Kindl certainly isn't a bad consolation.

10   11 33-20-7, 73 points: The Islanders went the conservative route this year, adding forward Shane Price from Ottawa for a third-round pick. They also, not surprisingly, didn't move Travis Hamonic, who requested a trade at the beginning of he season due to family-related reasons.
11   12 31-20-11, 73 points: The Red Wings made no moves on Monday, but did shed some salary by trading Jakub Kindl to Florida for a sixth-round pick in 2017. Detroit retained 15 percent of his $2.4 million cap hit over this season and next.
12   16 31-21-11, 73 points: In the past, adding too much at the trade deadline has come back to haunt the Predators. This year, they decided to stay quiet, adding a depth defenseman in Corey Potter from Arizona. The Ryan Johansen-Seth Jones swap was good enough.
13 9

38-19-6, 82 points: The Stars shored up a leaky defense by acquiring Kris Russell from Calgary, but they vastly overpaid for him by dealing Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round pick that could turn into a first if they reach the Conference Final. A Stanley Cup victory this year or a long-term extension would justify it.

14   14 33-22-6, 72 points: The Sharks jumped out before everyone else by acquiring Roman Polak and Nick Spaling a week before the trade deadline, reiterating that they'll take another stab at a lengthy playoff run. The acquisition of James Reimer is crucial, serving as a sturdy backup to Martin Jones.
15   13

34-23-6, 74 points: At the buzzer, the Bruins landed Lee Stempniak and John Michael-Liles to provide quality depth both at forward and defense. GM Don Sweeney elected to hang on to Loui Eriksson, and remains confident that the two sides can agree on a contract extension at season's end.

16   17

28-25-10, 65 points: The Wild were quiet on trade deadline day, but made an effective move by getting rid of Nicklas Backstrom's contract in exchange for winger David Jones from Calgary. No doubt they would have liked to acquired a No. 1 or 2 center, but not a rental one.

17 18  32-28-4, 68 points: The Central Division loaded up, and the Avalanche needed to respond with a move of their own. They did that by landing Eric Gelinas and Mikkel Boedker, who will play on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog.
18   23

30-27-5, 65 points: The Canadiens officially became sellers when they dealt Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise to Chicago for Phillip Danault, who GM Marc Bergevin helped vouch for during his time with the Blackhawks, and a second-round pick in 2018.

19   20

28-22-11, 67 points: The Flyers are another team that made no moves on Monday, with their eyes set on the future. They traded Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn in January for a third-round pick in 2016 and Jordan Weal.

20   15

28-26-10, 66 points: With the playoffs slipping further out of reach, Carolina wisely became sellers by trading Erik Staal and Kris Versteeg and stockpiling assets for the future, which was highlighted by prospect Aleksi Saarela and a pair of second-round picks in 2016 and 2017.

21 22 

30-27-6, 66 points: The biggest move by the Senators came on Feb. 9 when they landed Dion Phaneuf in a blockbuster deal from Toronto, but with their position in the standings and Kyle Turris expected to miss the remainder of the season with a high ankle sprain, they added a third-round pick in 2016 for Shane Price.

22   19 30-26-7, 67 points: Despite the temptation of wanting to aim for a playoff spot, the Devils wisely looked at the big picture and dealt Eric Gelinas to Colorado for a third-round pick in 2017 and Lee Stempniak to Boston for a fourth-rounder in 2016 and a second-rounder in 2017.
23   21 27-29-6, 60 points: The Coyotes, indeed, traded Mikkel Boedker to Colorado for veteran Alex Tanguay, and prospects Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood, both of whom may be able to bring something to the table in the short-term and long-term.
24   27

26-29-8, 60 points: The Blue Jackets didn't make any moves on deadline day, but did sign Boone Jenner to a two-year contract extension. Scott Hartnell, a rumored target, was reportedly not asked to move his no-trade clause.

25 24

25-31-7, 57 points: The Sabres did what they should have, shipping out Mike Weber (for a third-round pick in 2017) and Jamie McGinn (a conditional third-round pick in 2016 that could turn into a second-rounder if the Ducks win two playoff rounds) away for draft picks that will benefit them in their development.

26   25

24-25-12, 60 points: A strange decision by GM Jim Benning, who admitted that the Canucks are rebuilding, to hang on to Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis, both unrestricted free agents, rather than compile some draft picks and/or prospects. Something's not adding up.

27   26

26-31-4, 56 points: The Flames had a sensational trade deadline week, fetching two second-round picks (one is a conditional, which could turn into a first) in 2016, a fourth-round pick in 2018, Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and top-tier prospect Hunter Shinkaruk for Jiri Hudler, Kris Russell, and Markus Granland.

28 28

26-31-4, 56 points: The Jets made the right decision in trading Andrew Ladd, and cashed in by acquiring a first-round pick, top-tier prospect Marko Dano, and a conditional third-rounder that could become a second if Chicago wins the Stanley Cup. On top of that, it took away a nice package from a division rival.

29   29

23-34-7, 53 points: The 2016 offseason will be a fun one to watch, simply because the Oilers are expected to make a blockbuster deal in hopes of adding a true No. 1 defenseman. Edmonton made a late trade on Monday for Patrick Maroon, a cheap but effective winger.

30   30

21-29-10, 52 points: The Maple Leafs absolutely loaded up on draft picks: 12 in 2016 (two each in the first four rounds), eight in 2017 (three second-rounders) and eight in 2018 (three picks in the first two rounds). They did, however, miss an opportunity to rack up more by keeping unrestricted free agents Michael Grabner and P.A. Paranteau.

*Advanced stats courtesy of war-on-ice.com

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?

Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.

The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.

"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."

Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.

"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.

"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."