OTTAWA, July 8, 2022 – The Ottawa Senators announced Wednesday in advance of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre that the team has traded for forward Alex DeBrincat from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Sens have sent the team’s 2022 first-round draft pick (seventh overall), its own 2022 second-round draft pick (39th overall) and a third-round selection in 2024 to the Hawks in order to acquire the sought-after top six goals-scoring forward.
DeBrincat had 78 points in 82 games this season, leading Chicago with 41 goals to tie his NHL career high set in 2018-19.
“Alex’s acquisition brings immediate and additional firepower to our forward group,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. “He’s a dynamic forward who’s a scoring threat to the opponent when in the attacking zone. He maintains great vision, has exceptional skill and a quality shot which helps him score from virtually any part of the ice. He’s a consistent performer and an underrated playmaker who Senators’ fans are certain to enjoy watching play in Ottawa.”
Adding DeBrincat to the Sens’ talented young core of forwards including Norris, Stützle, Tkachuk and Batherson and should make for a more potent offense in the coming season.
DeBrincat, 24, was selected by the Blackhawks with the team’s first second-round draft pick (39th overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft. Over 360 career NHL games, all of which have occurred with Chicago, he has posted 307 points (160 goals, 147 assists) and 67 penalty minutes. He has also tallied six points (two goals, four assists) and nine penalty minutes over nine NHL post-season contests.
An NHL All-Star in 2021-22, DeBrincat is one of only 40 all-time Blackhawks to register 300 points for the franchise. Internationally, he has represented the United States on three occasions and most recently helped the Americans to a bronze medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia where he registered nine points (including a team-best seven goals) while skating in each of the team’s eight tournament contests.
And for those looking to order jerseys, on Thursday, the Sens tweeted that their newly acquired American forward will be wearing number 12 in the upcoming season.
SOURCE notes nhl.com