Holding the No. 1 overall pick in this week's NHL draft, the Chicago Blackhawks provided likely first overall selection Connor Bedard with a skilled, veteran running mate as he begins his pro career.

On Monday, the Boston Bruins traded Taylor Hall and the rights to pending unrestricted free agent forward Nick Foligno to the Blackhawks in exchange for pending restricted free agent defensemen Ian Mitchell and Alec Regula.

How did the GMs do in this particular swap? Here are our grades for both sides:


Chicago Blackhawks: A

Chicago had basically stripped its roster down to the bolts, support beams and Seth Jones by the end of the 2022-23 season in an effort to tank– … ahem, to maximize its NHL draft lottery potential. Now that the Blackhawks have the first overall pick secured, and franchise-altering center Connor Bedard on the way, general manager Kyle Davidson had so start nosing up from the team's freefall by adding talent around the phenom.

He couldn't have cast two better veterans in those roles than Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno.