Blackhawks trade Jean-Francois Berube to Columbus for Jordan Schroeder

Another forward has been added to the mix.

The Chicago Blackhawks added a forward Wednesday afternoon, acquiring Jordan Schroeder from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for veteran goaltender Jean-Francois Berube, the team announced.

Schroeder, 27, has been somewhat of a NHL journeyman in his six seasons, playing with three different teams after being selected in the first round (22nd overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 21 games with Columbus last season, picking up one goal and one assist. Schroeder spent more time in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters, scoring 14 goals with 22 assists in 48 games.

Prior to last season, Schroeder appeared in 88 games in three seasons with the Minnesota Wild and 56 games during two seasons with Vancouver. Schroeder’s career numbers consist of 18 goals and 24 assists in 165 games played.

Schroeder has one more season remaining on the contract he signed with Columbus on June 27, 2017, at a cap hit of $650,000, according to CapFriendly.

Berube appeared in 13 games for the Blackhawks last season, posting a 3-6-1 record with a 3.78 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage.

This move has already led to speculation that the Blackhawks are clearing space to sign a goaltender when free agency opens Sunday, and that goalie appears likely to be Cam Ward.