On Friday, before the start of the NHL Draft, the Blackhawks traded their 2021 first- and second-round picks, 2022 first-round pick and Adam Boqvist to the Blue Jackets for defenseman Seth Jones, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2022 sixth-round pick. Chicago then signed Jones to a contract extension for eight years and $76 million, or an annual cap hit of $9.5 million. The contract also has a full no-movement clause for every year.
Welcome to Chicago, Seth Jones! pic.twitter.com/m4RZ6tQaCl— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 23, 2021
The Blackhawks’ first-round pick in 2021 is 12th overall, although actually the 11th selection in the NHL draft, thanks to the Coyotes forfeiting their pick. The second rounder is 44th overall. The pick coming back is 32nd overall, which the Blue Jackets acquired from the Lightning. The 2022 first-round pick is top-2 protected — meaning if the pick is top-2, it becomes a 2023 first-round pick instead.
Jones, who turns 27 on Oct. 3, scored five goals and 28 points in 56 games with the Blue Jackets last season. He has averaged 23:03 per game in his career between the Blue Jackets and the team that drafted him, the Predators.
Boqvist scored two goals and 16 points last season in 35 games with the Blackhawks. He averaged 16:59 in his second NHL season and was drafted with the eighth overall pick by the Blackhawks in 2018.
Jones finished fourth in Norris voting in 2018. The Blackhawks will pay Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Jones 30.5 million dollars in 2022-23 with a flat cap.