Kris Versteeg Sent To the Leafs; Hawks Receive Three Forwards In Return

Kyle WahlgrenCorrespondent IJune 30, 2010

CHICAGO - MAY 31:  Kris Versteeg #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on while taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Two of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on May 31, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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As many have probably assumed Kris Versteeg has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with the rights to Bill Sweatt. 

Per Pierre LeBrun, the Blackhawks will receive forwards: Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico, and Philippe Paradis.

Much speculation surrounded whether Versteeg would be in a Hawks sweater next season. 

Taking with him is great open ice speed and offensive vision.

Last season Versteeg amassed 20 goals and 22 assists, while finishing with a +8 plus/minus rating.

Coming to the Hawks is Viktor Stalberg (RW), a 6’3” forward with rocket speed. 

With the ability to blow by defenders, he will need to establish the ability to use his size to be successful. 

In 40 games last season with the Maple Leafs he chipped in 9 goals and added 5 assists.

While Chris DiDomenico (C) is on the smaller side at 5'11 and 165 pounds, he has overcome his stature limits with excellent hockey sense.  

He has excellent faceoff ability and is a good penalty killer.  

Last season DiDomenico played in the CHL.  If he is able to add muscle to his frame and continue to play a smart, he could become a great two-way player.

Finally, the Hawks will add Philipe Paradis, a 19-year-old prospect also from the CHL. 

While playing with a balance of physical presence and scoring skill, Paradis has been an attractive prospect. 

He possesses a hard shot and has the ability to make room for himself and his teammates on the ice.

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