The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Adam Gaudette to the Chicago Blackhawks for centre Matthew Highmore.
The 24-year-old was moved off the team’s COVID-19 protocol list and placed on the non-roster injured reserve list ahead of the trade. Gaudette was removed from the list 14 days after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Braintree native has seven points in 33 games for Vancouver this season, including four goals and three assists.
Gaudette last played on March 24 against the Winnipeg Jets, registering a shot on goal in 11:10 of ice time.
In 153 games, all with the Canucks, the centre has 21 goals and 31 assists for a total of 52 points. He’s a career minus-26, with 67 penalty minutes and 16 points on the power play.
Gaudette was drafted by Vancouver in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft following a 30-point season with Cedar Rapids in the USHL. He spent three seasons with Northeastern University, becoming the first skater from the school to win the Hobey Baker Award.
But Gaudette didn’t really seem to find his game in Vancouver, so he’ll have a chance at a fresh start with Chicago.
In Highmore, Vancouver lands a player with 10 points in 73 regular season games – all with Chicago.
The Halifax native was passed over twice in the NHL Entry Draft, but the Blackhawks eventually took a chance on him in March of 2017 after he put up good numbers in the QMJHL.
Highmore made his NHL debut in March of 2018 against the San Jose Sharks and scored his first NHL goal nine days later against the Boston Bruins.