Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was very proud of his move Tuesday night and rightfully so

Published May 11, 2022 at 3:19 PM

Last July, the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets confirmed a mega trade that sent Seth Jones to the Windy City. On that day, Jarmo Kekalainen managed to get quite a return for the excellent defenseman:

To Chicago:
Seth Jones
1st round pick in 2021 (TBL - #32 - Nolan Allan)
6th round pick in 2022 (CBJ - #172)

To Columbus:
Adam Boqvist
1st round pick in 2021 (CHI - #12 - Cole Sillinger)
2nd round pick in 2021 (CHI - #44 - Aleksi Heimosalmi)
1st round pick in 2022 [conditional]*

On Tuesday night, we finally learned where the 2022 1st round pick will be. The only condition for this pick not to be a 1st round pick in 2023 was that Chicago did not get the 1st or 2nd selection.

The recent lottery was lucky for the Blue Jackets, as Chicago inherited the 6th selection in 2022, which is now Columbus' selection. Below you can see how pleased GM Jarmo Kekalainen was when he heard the news.

In addition to a miserable season on and off the ice, the Hawks are losing their 1st round pick which would have been 6th overall. Fans will have to be patient because in addition to knowing that the short and medium term future is not rosy, the organization could very well trade two key faces of the franchise in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

For his part, Seth Jones, despite a difficult season for his team, finished the campaign with 5 goals and 46 assists for a total of 51 points in 78 games. This was his second highest career point total in a season, following his 57 points in the 2017-2018 campaign. The only negative was that the defenseman finished the season with a -37 differential, the worst of his career.
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Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was very proud of his move Tuesday night and rightfully so

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