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Chicago Blackhawks Are Keen To Add Former First Overall Pick To Pair With Bedard


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James Connelly
July 9, 2023  (5:29 PM)
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The Blackhawks already have Connor Bedard coming in next season but they could look to add another 1st overall pick to play on his wing.

The Blackhawks Target

The Chicago Blackhawks have their sights set on Alexis Lafreniere, the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft, as they aim to enhance their roster. Lafreniere, who is yet to fully shine at the NHL level, has caught the attention of the Blackhawks.
They believe that a change of scenery and the opportunity to play alongside talented players like Connor Bedard and Taylor Hall could help him unleash his star potential per NHLTradeRumors.com.

Lafreniere's Underutilized Talent in New York

Having played 219 NHL games, Lafreniere has amassed a modest 91 points so far. However, his true capabilities have been limited within the Rangers' system, where he has been overshadowed by prominent players like Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider.
To prevent Lafreniere from being labeled a disappointment, a fresh start with the Blackhawks could be the catalyst he needs to reignite his career and demonstrate his true talents.

What Would Lafreniere Cost The Blackhawks

Lafreniere would cost the Blackhawks a little bit but not nearly as much as it would have costed them back in 2020. The Blackhawks have a plethora of picks in the next three years. They have 5 first round picks and 8 second round picks so if they are willing to part with a few of those assets, they could bring on Lafreniere and give him an environment where he can succeed on a line with other first overall picks, Taylor Hall and Connor Bedard.
As seen on House of Hockey - Blackhawks Reportedly Eyeing Another First Overall Pick to Play Alongside Connor Bedard
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