The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Michael Chaput (sha-POO) from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Tanner Kero.
Chaput, 26, spent time last season with the Canucks and Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. In 55 regular-season games with the Comets during the 2017-18 season, the IIe Bizard, Quebec, native finished second on the club with 42 points (17G, 25A). Additionally, he added two goals and one assist in five Calder Cup Playoff games. Chaput won 58.1 percent of his faceoffs and was held scoreless in nine games with Vancouver last year.
Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round (89th overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft, Chaput set NHL bests with four goals, five helpers and 68 hits in 68 games with the Canucks during the 2016-17 campaign. He also won 52.7% of his 385 draws that year. Spanning five seasons (2013-18) with Vancouver and the Columbus Blue Jackets, he had 17 points (6G, 11A) in 135 career regular-season games.
In 301 career AHL contests, Chaput has recorded 77 goals and 121 assists, while also helping the Lake Erie Monsters to a Calder Cup Championship in 2016. During the 2011-12 season as a member of the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he won the Memorial Cup title and Memorial Cup Most Valuable Player after tallying five goals and seven assists in the finals.
Kero registered 22 points (8G, 14A) 72 regular-season games with the Blackhawks from 2015-18. The Michigan Tech Alum was originally signed by Chicago on April 2, 2015.