After adding forwards Rick Nash and Brian Gionta on Sunday, the Boston Bruins continued to bolster their roster prior to Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline, as they dealt a conditional fifth round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for F Tommy Wingels.
Looks like Tommy Wingels to #NHLBruins for a 5th round pick.
Bruins added as much depth as possible after injuries struck so hard last season.
— Reed Duthie (@rcduthie) February 26, 2018
Wingels has seven goals and five assists in 57 games this season, and has 60 goals and 78 assists in 430 games during his eight-year career. Wingels spent his first seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks, eclipsing the 15-goal and 20-assist mark in consecutive seasons – 2013-14 to 2014-15. He was traded last season to the Ottawa Senators for their push to the brink of the Stanley Cup Finals, then signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent this past offseason.
The 29-year-old has also appeared in 54 career postseason games, tallying two goals and adding six assists.
The fifth-round pick in next year’s Draft will become a fourth-round selection for Chicago if the Bruins advance to the second round of the playoffs or if Wingels re-signs with the B’s in the offseason.
Both Wingels and Gionta provide depth and roster flexibility for Boston, who have played the second-fewest amount of games in the entire league entering Monday. The B’s play every other day from now until the final weekend of the regular season, when they play on back-to-back nights thanks to a postponement on January 4th against the Florida Panthers.