Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Kyle Davidson continued his busy Wednesday morning with another trade, sending formerly touted forward prospect Evan Barratt to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman prospect Cooper Zech.
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A 2017 third-round pick of the Blackhawks, Barratt established himself as a promising prospect after a strong career at Penn State University. However, like many other players drafted by former general manager Stan Bowman—including defenseman Nicolas Beaudin, also dealt by Davidson on Wednesday—Barratt’s development stalled once turning pro in 2020.
In three seasons with the Rockford IceHogs, Barratt accumulated totals of 19 goals and 23 assists in 92 regular season games played. Barratt did not appear in a single NHL contest for the Blackhawks.
Like Beaudin, the trade signifies a fresh start back home for Barratt, a Bristol, Pennsylvania, native.
Zech spent parts of three seasons in the Boston Bruins organization, playing in 78 regular season games with the Providence Bruins before joining the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in 2021–22.
Zech will report to the Rockford IceHogs.