With the 2022 NHL Draft beginning tomorrow night, the increased sense of urgency around trades is becoming palpable. And one of the biggest pieces on the board is Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat.
And the draft may provide an unofficial deadline for teams wanting to acquire Chicago’s young star.
In his morning notes on the eve of the draft, Pierre LeBrun updated the DeBrincat situation on Wednesday for The Athletic.
“Sources also shared Wednesday that teams were starting to put their best trade offers forward to the Blackhawks on Alex DeBrincat, a potential trade that would most likely require a Thursday first-round pick included in it. So there’s a pressure point developing there on that front.”
So teams are getting their best and, potentially, final offers together for DeBrincat.
We speculated earlier this week that Montreal’s public lack of a decision on the player they’ll pick first overall may be handicapping the Blackhawks’ ability to make a trade. With the New Jersey Devils owning the second pick and also being one of the top names tied to DeBrincat in rumors, what the Canadiens do at one could very well impact a deal that could be made.
But other teams with top-ten picks, including the Flyers and Senators, have also been linked to DeBrincat. And, if they are willing to include their first pick (which the Flyers are reportedly not), a deal could come down soon.