MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadians bought 21-year-old Chicago Blackhawks Center Kirby Dutch in the NHL Draft Night Shocker and received a strong response from home fans at the Bell Center on Thursday night.
This transaction was the result of two transactions. Montreal sent defender Alexander Romanov on Thursday night for a 13th pick in the first round and a 98th pick for the New Yorkers. He then flipped to No. 13 pick and 66th overall pick for Blackhawks for the Dots, the third overall pick in the 2019 draft and a banned free agent.
The Dutch had 26 points from 70 games for the Blackhawks last season, finishing third in the NHL.
Many were surprised to hear that a 6-foot-4 center was available during the Blackhawks’ off-season sale, prompting trade winger Alex Debrinkat to contact the Ottawa senators before the draft. But Chicago needed a first-round pick in the 2022 draft, which saw Columbus selected in last year’s Seth Jones trade. He bought Ottawa’s No. 7 in the Debrink Deal. The cost of the second edit was clearly Dutch.
Romanov finished 38th through Montreal on May 22, 2018 and recently completed his second NHL season. He had 13 points from 79 games last season. He is a restricted free agent.