FILE - At left, in an October 14, 2016, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72), of Russian Federation, plays against the Nashville Predators during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Nashville, Tenn.
"His rookie year will always rank among the best in franchise history and his exciting style of play provided many memorable moments for our fans during his two seasons as a member of the team", Bowman said. Tyler has a bright future in this league and we appreciate his contributions and hard work he put in.
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Panarin, much smaller than Saad at five-foot-11, 170 pounds, gives Columbus another 30-goal man, joining Cam Atkinson, who scored 35 goals in 2016-17.
The Blackhawks are trading away the 25-year-old Panarin after two incredibly successful seasons with the team.
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In 258 career games, Murphy has recorded 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points. "And his intensity and all-around game is second to none". He also had 53 points (31G, 22A) during the 2015-16 season-his first with Columbus-including a career-high 31 goals to lead the team in that category. "He's an elite player and one of the NHL's top defenseman".
Saad was originally selected by Chicago in the second round (43 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
The moves made ahead of Friday's first round were curious ones. During the 2015-16 season, with the Calder Cup champion Monsters, he posted a flawless 9-0 record with a 1.34 GAA and.949 save percentage during the playoffs. They reportedly also acquired centre Derek Stepan and goalie Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for young defencemen Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in this draft. He was a member of the 2012 World Junior championship team with his native Sweden. In 73 games last year, the 30-year-old scored 18 points, tallying five goals and 13 assists.
"Artemi Panarin was the best rookie in the National Hockey League two years ago, a second-team all-star this past season and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the National Hockey League", said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a statement. He's remained a highly effective presence who put up 50 even-strength points past year with superb puck possession numbers.