Dominik Kubalik was a player that spent a long time developing into the player he is today. He was initially a draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, but he never found a way to fit into the roster and was eventually traded to the Blackhawks.
Kubalik has provided solid goal-scoring talent to the club since he broke into the league. However, if the Blackhawks are genuinely entering a rebuild, he is a piece that could provide more assets to use as the rebuild develops.
Sean Tschigerl was drafted in the fifth round by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He has been putting up a point-per-game average in the WHL this season. Clearly, his selection in the fifth round was a steal for the Ducks.
As a result, getting this return seems a bit far-fetched, but perhaps the desperation to perform in the playoffs would lead the Ducks to stretch a bit. Seeing how Kubalik provides solid offensive-driving talent, the Ducks could use a talent like that to prove that they’re on the right track.
The two draft picks included in this trade balance out the value between the two teams. Kubalik on his own has value, but perhaps not enough to get both Tschigerl and a third-round pick. On the other hand, throwing in a fifth-round pick could add just enough weight to incentivize the Ducks to throw in a mid-round pick. After all, teams do become more desperate at the trade deadline.