NHL: Blackhawks trade Alex DeBrincat for Senators

The Ottawa Senators made a big move Thursday, hours before the NHL Draft, by getting their hands on forward Alex DeBrincat.

In exchange, the Sens agreed to give up 7th overall and 39th pick in this year’s draft, as well as a third-round pick in 2024.

The 24-year-old American left winger has scored 41 goals in five NHL seasons for just the second time in his career. He was named to the Central Section All-Star team.

DeBrincat has 307 points, including 160 goals, in 368 games since the Hawks claimed him as the 39th overall pick in 2016.

“He was without a doubt our #1 target. For us, he brings character, the ability to score and the desire to win,” general manager Pierre Dorion said during a press conference at the Bell Center after the trade.

“His hockey flair is incredible and our professional scouting staff agreed that taking on DeBrincat is the right thing to do given the direction we’re going,” he said.

DeBrincat will take home a salary of $6.4 million in 2022-23, after which he could be a restricted free agent.

In October 2019, he signed a three-season contract that brought him a total of $19.2 million.

Dorion had recently mentioned his club’s first-round selection would be available as long as he could get his hands on an established player.

“Alex is such a winger who can play on the left just as well as on the right. We’ve done our homework, I can assure you. DJ (Smith) mentioned the possibility of using it with (Tim) Stützle. I leave such decisions to the coaching staff. But one thing is for sure, he will be used with players who allow him to express himself offensively. »

“He played with (Patrick) Kane in Chicago, but it’s going to be here with a Stützle, a (Josh) Norris, who are pretty good. We may not have players of Kane’s caliber, but we are quite close to some of our players. »

Hawks general manager Kyle Davidson said the decision was a difficult one.

“It was extremely difficult for us to let go of a player like DeBrincat. This exchange gives us additional flexibility for our future talents. With these first and second round picks we can also strengthen our bank of prospects. »

Remember that last week Dorion tried his luck in the race for Kevin Fiala but to no avail.

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