The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Blues Jackets on Friday before the 2021 NHL Draft.
In return, Chicago sent defenseman Adam Boqvist, a second-round pick in 2021 (No. 44), and a first-round pick in 2022 that becomes a 2023 first-rounder if the 2022 pick is inside the top two. The two teams also flipped first-round picks, with No. 12 going to Columbus and No. 32 to Chicago. The Blackhawks also received the Blue Jackets’ sixth-round pick in 2022.
Chicago still has a second-round pick in 2021 (No. 62), which it acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights
Jones scored 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) in 56 games this past season. He scored 223 points (50 goals, 173 assists) in 381 NHL games since the Blue Jackets acquired him in a trade with the Nashville Predators for center Ryan Johansen on Jan. 6, 2016.
Jones, who turns 27 in October, has one season remaining on the six-year, $32.4 million contract ($5.4 million annual average value) he signed June 29, 2016. He can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
The Blackhawks appeared to be the front-runners on Jones after acquiring his younger brother, Caleb Jones, and a 2022 conditional draft pick from the Edmonton Oilers for Duncan Keith.
Boqvist scored 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 35 games this past season. The 20-year-old missed time at the start of the season because of COVID-19 then had his season end early with a broken right wrist. He had 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 76 games since being selected eighth overall in 2018.