Chicago Blackhawks: 3 players who will be gone by the draft

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Chicago Blackhawks, Calvin de Haan
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The Chicago Blackhawks surprised some people in 2021 but they ultimately became who we thought they would. They were just eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the week so the future is not the biggest priority. The 2021 NHL Draft is going to happen eventually and that is going to be a big event for the Chicago Blackhawks. Due to contract issues and the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft, there might be some notable players that are gone by that point. These are the three players who will be gone by the draft:

94. . D. Chicago Blackhawks. Calvin de Haan. 44. player

Calvin de Haan very well could be gone before the Chicago Blackhawks return in the fall.

Calvin de Haan is a nice defenseman. He is good positionally but he isn’t someone who is going to be a part of the Hawks’ future. In fact, he is the best candidate to be selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 Expansion Draft. We don’t know if the Blackhawks are going to make a trade with them for their pick but de Haan almost certainly will be involved. He is the most expendable defenseman on the team that also has a year left on the deal.

de Haan would be a perfect fit for the Kraken. They are going to be a team loaded with guys who were unprotected by their teams so some good leadership is always needed in those situations. Calvin de Haan has played for a few different teams in his NHL career so he knows what it is like to move around.

Playing for an expansion team is always different but it is also exciting. His 4.55 million dollar cap hit could provide help reaching the cap floor for Seattle and it could provide some tremendous relief for the Hawks. It is a perfect fit all around so if it happens, both sides will be happy.