Which Seth Jones Are We Getting? The Newest Prospect, Losing Picks, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Which Seth Jones Are We Getting? The Newest Prospect, Losing Picks, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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You know the drill already, so let’s just jump right into it.

•   Yesterday, prior to the start of the NHL Entry Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

•   The full trade saw the Blackhawks acquire Jones, the 32nd overall pick, and a 2022 sixth-round pick from the Blue Jackets, with the 12th overall pick, 44th overall pick, a 2022 first-round pick, and Adam Boqvist heading back the other way to Columbus.

•   This was a deal we saw coming for a few weeks, and it came down to the Blackhawks’ absolute NEED for a No. 1 defenseman. He’ll jump into the lineup and immediately play that role in Chicago.

•   Along with acquiring Jones, the Blackhawks will have an eight-year, $76M contract extension signed with him on Wednesday. The full extension details here from CapFriendly

•   Full. No. Movement.

•   The Blackhawks are gambling A LOT on the fact that Jones is going to be the Seth Jones of old.

•   Losing Boqvist, the 12th overall pick (Cole Sillinger), the 44th overall pick, and Chicago’s first-round pick next year is a lot to give up for a team that was supposed to be in a rebuilding process, if you ask me.

•   Boqvist was progressing at the NHL level. He looked better and more well-rounded as a defender as last season went along. But it appears the Blackhawks were not seeing the top-pair potential in him as fast as they had hoped.

•   Losing Boqvist leaves the Blackhawks with a young defensive group that will be in play at the NHL that includes Ian Mitchell, Wyatt Kalynuk, Riley Stillman, Nicolas Beaudin, Alec Regula, and Caleb Jones (Seth’s brother).

•   With the addition of the 32nd overall pick, the last pick in the first round, the Blackhawks selected another young defenseman to add to their prospect system with Nolan Allan from the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.

•   The pick is a reach, to say the least. Allan was likely a player that the Blackhawks could have still had to option to pick with their late-second round pick. But they made the move at 32nd overall.

•   The Blackhawks became enamored with Allan at the U-18 World Junior Championships, it appears.

•   And the selection was just as much of a shock to many Blackhawks fans as it was to Allan himself.

•   On the ESPN broadcast, Kevin Weekes compared Allan to another former Blackhawks defenseman, Brent Seabrook. The problem is that Allan, by all accounts, has little-to-no offensive upside to his game, whereas Seabrook was truly capable at both ends of the ice.

•   I am willing to give Allan time to develop and see what he can become in the next few years. But with the talent that was left on the board at the end of the first round, it is my belief that the Blackhawks could have done much, much better with the 32nd overall pick.

•   Now we move onto Day Two, already underway. Here are where the Blackhawks pick today in rounds two through seven. Plan accordingly.

•   While the Blackhawks will introduce both Seth and Caleb Jones later today, the Colorado Avalanche signed a player who need no introduction to a massive contract extension of his own

•   Cale Makar is without a doubt worth $9M AAV, whereas Seth Jones makes you cringe at $9.5M AAV. Put it that way.

•   Also, put it this way, the contract extension for Makar holds so much value that there are no comparable contracts to put alongside it according to Dom Luszczyszyn’s model at The Athletic.

•   That will do it for today since we have to jump right back into Day Two of the NHL Entry Draft. Hopefully it’s a more enjoyable day for you and Blackhawks fans than yesterday.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.