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Blackhawks trading Anthony Beauvillier to Nashville Predators, per source

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Anthony Beauvillier in November

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The Chicago Blackhawks are trading forward Anthony Beauvillier to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago.

Beauvillier was acquired by Chicago from the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 28 after the team ran into injury issues. It was for a conditional fifth-round selection in 2024, so the Blackhawks essentially just replenished their draft pick.

"It's tough," Nick Foligno said. "For a guy that came in on a short time, he really made his impact on the group. He's a great guy, great player, and I think he was just trying to find his game obviously.

"He's going to have an awesome opportunity in Nashville, so we're going to miss him because he's really impacted our room and he became a good friend to a lot of guys pretty quickly, which I think speaks volumes and is probably a reason why he's coveted at this time of year, so we wish him well and thank him for his time here obviously."

Beauvillier appeared in 23 games with the Blackhawks, producing six points (two goals, four assists) over that stretch. He suffered a wrist injury on Jan. 2 and missed more than six weeks, but he's been back for almost a month now.

"He came in and he was a good guy, and I knew him from the Islanders, fit in really well and thought his last game might've been one of his best," Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson. "He was really skating and getting to find his legs again after his injury. So that's good for him to go and have an opportunity to play in the playoffs hopefully for them. Sorry to see him go, he's a good guy and fit in well."

The NHL trade deadline is on Friday at 2 p.m. CT. The Blackhawks aren't expected to be big players because they don't have as many trade assets as last season.

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