In recent events, the Chicago Blackhawks have dealt another trade. On Sunday, January 3rd, the Blackhawks announced they had acquired forward Richard Panik from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jeremy Morin. Yes, Morin has been traded yet again—it was bound to happen in due time anyway, right?
Meet Forward Richard Panik
In 33 games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies this season, Richard Panik tallied 25 points (9G, 16A). He even got the game-winner is Toronto’s 3-2 overtime win in last night’s game against the Syracuse Crunch. Panik, a Martin, Slovakia native, has registered 39 points (19G, 20A) in 151 career regular season National Hockey games across three seasons with Toronto (2014-15) and Tampa Bay (2012-14). He even appeared in two 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Lightning.
Panik was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft and recorded 119 points (53G, 66A) in 166 regular-season AHL games across five seasons with the Marlies, Syracuse and Norfolk Admirals. As the 2012 Calder Cup champion, Panik has added 20 points in 34 postseason games with Syracuse and Norfolk. Panik also appeared in four games with Team Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics and represented Slovakia at the World Championships in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
All in all, Richard Panik is a well-rounded forward that has potential to shine with the Chicago Blackhawks! After all, he is replacing Morin, which can be an easy task. What do you think about the Panik-Morin trade? Do you think Panik will shine with the Blackhawks?
Stay tuned to see our Chicago Blackhawks back in action tomorrow Tuesday, January 5th against the Pittsburgh Penguins.