The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired F Michael Chaput from the Vancouver Canucks for F Tanner Kero.

Chaput was originally a third-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. Last season, Chaput was second in scoring for the Utica Comets (Vancouver’s AHL affiliate). He is a big center, measuring 6’2”, and has a knack for being a physical player. He was a one hit-per-game player in the NHL two seasons ago in Vancouver, and could be a very solid contributor on the fourth line next season for Chicago.

Chaput played significant time in the NHL two seasons ago with Vancouver, where he was better than 50% on face-offs. If he can come to Chicago and be physical while also winning more than half his draws and help control possession, this could prove to be an important addition for Chicago.

Kero departs to Vancouver after four seasons in the Chicago organization. After his demotion this year, it was clear to fans that he likely would not be with the organization following the season. He receives a fresh start with Vancouver where he could contribute in a fourth center role.

Hawks GM Stan Bowman has noted the team needs to be harder to play against. Last season, the Hawks did not accomplish that on the ice. However, this is a positive step toward that idea, considering Chaput can win draws to help in the possession game. He also has the ability to be physical and make it tough for teams to line up against him. The Hawks could sport a fourth line next season featuring names such as Chaput, Hayden and possibly Wingels if he indeed returns, as the rumors around trade deadline speculated.

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