Blackhawks swap 1st-round picks with the Dallas Stars

It was not to re-acquire Patrick Sharp

For months, it was rumored that the Blackhawks wanted to make a “splash” with the city of Chicago hosting the 2017 NHL Draft. They took care of that with a couple of morning trades.

But that didn’t stop the Hawks from diving back into the trade pool on Friday night.

As TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported on Twitter, the Blackhawks traded their No. 26 pick in the first round of the draft to the Dallas Stars, receiving the Stars’ No. 29 pick in the first round and an additional third-round pick (70th overall).

The trade gives the Hawks a second pick in that third round, with the other third-round pick coming to the team in the Scott Darling trade in April. The Hawks had traded their own third-round pick in September 2015 as part of the deal that sent Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom to the Carolina Hurricanes for Dennis Robertson and Jake Massie.

Those two third-round picks give the Hawks a total of 10 picks in this year’s NHL Draft.