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Jets captain Andrew Ladd is going back to Chicago

After winning a cup with Chicago in 2010, Andrew Ladd is going back.

The Winnipeg Jets traded their captain Andrew Ladd, Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser to the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for Marko Dano, a 2016 1st round draft pick and conditional 2018 3rd round pick, should Chicago win the Stanley Cup.

The Jets will retain 36% of Ladd’s remaining salary.

Breaking it Down:

To Chicago:

  • LW Andrew Ladd  [36% salary retained]
  • D Jay Harrison
  • RW Matt Fraser

To Winnipeg:

  • F Marko Dano
  • 2016 1st round pick
  • Conditional 2018 3rd round pick

Andrew Ladd has come back to Chicago as stated earlier. The Jets captain will be missed, but let’s take a closer look as to what Ladd is bringing to Chicago. Ladd, 30, has played 59 games with the Jets this year tallying 17 goals and 34 points. Alongside that, he has tallied 39 penalty minutes and is a -10 rating. Ladd is a big frame standing at 6’3, 200lbs who goes to all the dirty areas on the ice with a talented edge to his game. Ladd will fit in perfectly along side the defensive style of Toews and Hossa with his offensive prowess.

Harrison the 33 year old native of Oshawa, Ontario, has played 35 games with the Jets this year. The 6’4, 222lbs defenseman scored 3 goals and 8 points in those games with 23 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. He also has played 18 games with the Jets AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose. Harrison is a big stay at home defenseman with the ability to still put up points. I see this as a plus for the Hawks as Harrison can provide them even more NHL ready defensive depth.

The last player being sent to Chicago is AHLer Matt Fraser. Fraser who turns 26 in May, has spent all of the 2015-2016 season playing with the Manitoba Moose. In 44 games he has only managed to score a dismal 5 goals and 14 points. At 6’1, 204lbs, Fraser still only has 2 penalties all year and is -5. Now I don’t think Chicago specifically went after a guy like this but it raises some eyebrows. Could a change of scenery bring him back to when he scored 37 goals with the Texas Stars in 2011-2012? Or will he end up getting buried in the minors and never be resigned by the Hawks.

Now moving onto the Jets…

Marko Dano, 21, is the big piece from the other side. After being included in a trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets, he has been traded again in the same season. Dano has spent most of his time with Chicago’s AHL affiliate Rockford where he put up 23 points in 34 games. He also had 2 points in 13 games with the Hawks. But he hasn’t progressed from when he had 21 points in 35 games with Columbus last season. The Jets are hoping he can become a talented playmaker to play with the likes of Nikolaj Ehlers, Blake Wheeler and more.

On the draft pick notes, with the Jets in the bottom 5 of the NHL, another 1st round pick will help them deepen their prospect pool even further than it already is. The 2018 3rd will only be given if Chicago wins the cup.

Verdict?

I like this trade for both teams, Chicago gets their line 1 LW and some extra defensive depth, as well as they didn’t have to give much up. Along with the 1st, they gave up a struggling prospect in Dano. He may turn his career around in Winnipeg but I don’t think he would’ve done that in Chicago which is beneficial in my eyes. The Jets get a prospect, a first round pick as well as a return for a player who wasn’t going to resign. Win for both teams.

So now the Hawks may be more dangerous than they ever have been (as crazy as that sounds), and if you didn’t think they were contenders at the beginning of the year, you better believe it that they are for sure now.

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