The Chicago Blackhawks made a blockbuster trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Blackhawks traded Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and a sixth round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft to the Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth round draft pick in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Panarin has had two outstanding seasons with the Blackhawks. Last season he had 31 goals and 43 assists for 74 points after winning the Calder Trophy for the NHL rookie of the year in 2015-16 when he had 30 goals and 47 assists for 77 points.
Saad, who plays left wing like Panarin does, had 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points in 2016-17. This is Saad's second time with the Blackhawks. The native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was part of Chicago from 2011 to 2015 and won two Stanley Cups in Chicago in three years (2013 and 2015).
Motte, a center from St. Clair, Michigan, had four goals and three assists for seven points in 33 games with the Blackhawks in 2016-17, and Forsberg played one game for the Blue Jackets in 2016-17 and gave up four goals in a 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on January 10.