Chicago Blackhawks Consider Trading Overlooked Top 6 Forward

Published October 31, 2023 at 10:31

Chicago Blackhawks Eyeing Roster Changes: Key Forward on the Trade Bloc?


The Chicago Blackhawks, well-advanced in their reconstruction phase, are actively building their team, with Connor Bedard leading the charge. While several pieces of the puzzle are in place, the team's evolving dynamics hint at further adjustments.

A curious decision that has sparked discussions is the unexpected sidelining of Andreas Athanasiou during their clash with the Golden Knights. Though he's recognized as a top-tier forward and is in peak physical condition, Athanasiou has been kept of the lineup.

Andreas Athanasiou should not be an extra. He's clearly one of the more skilled players on this team, and was excellent with Reichel and Kurashev last year.

Athanasiou's Slow Start Leads to Trade Rumours


Despite starting on a not-so-good note with three assists and a minus-2 rating in his first seven games, Athanasiou's recent signing of a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Blackhawks underscores his value.

His performance last season, tallying 40 points for the Blackhawks, stands as a testament to his abilities. His speed, among the league's elite, remains his best attribute.

According to the NHL's new Edge data, Andreas Athanasiou recorded the 5th-fastest max speed in the league last season (24.18mph) and the 7th-most bursts faster than 20mph (301).

If he's kept out of the lineup, a trade could come soon. With him, Chicago could get a great return, either in draft picks or players.

Do you think the Hawks will trade Athanasiou?

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Chicago Blackhawks Consider Trading Overlooked Top 6 Forward

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