Rockford, Illinois News

Blackhawks trade Matthew Highmore to Vancouver

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday that they have traded forward Matthew Highmore to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Adam Gaudette.

Gaudette’s contract has a salary cap hit of $950,000 and is signed through the 2020-21 season. Gaudette will be assigned to the Blackhawks active roster.

Gaudette, 24, has four goals and three helpers in 33 games with the Canucks this season. He posted career highs in games played (59), goals (12), assists (21) and points (33) last year. The Braintree, Massachusetts native also skated in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games during last year’s postseason.

In 153 career regular-season games with Vancouver, Gaudette has 52 points (21G, 31A). The 6-foot-1, 170-pound center has recorded six goals and six helpers in 16 career American Hockey League contests.

A fifth-round pick (149th overall) of the Canucks during the 2015 National Hockey League Draft, Gaudette won the 2018 Hobey Baker Award with Northeastern University after leading the NCAA in goals (30), points (60) and points per game (1.62) during the 2017-18 campaign.

Gaudette became the first player from Northeastern to win the award as the best player in NCAA Division I hockey. He also won the Hockey East Player of the Year and was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team that season. Spanning three seasons (2015-18) with the Huskies, Gaudette finished his collegiate career with 142 points (68G, 74A) in 116 games.

Highmore had 10 points (4G, 6A) in 73 career games with the Blackhawks. He also skated in 97 games with the Rockford IceHogs, recording 31 goals and 33 assists in parts of three seasons.