Thanks to a season where they were one of the best teams in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks will pick near the end of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Unless a trade happens between now and Friday, the Blackhawks will have the 27th selection in this year’s draft. Although many big names will already be in team sweaters by that time, there are lots of routes to go for the Blackhawks. Today, we preview three possible first-round pick options: two skilled centermen, and a defenceman with unlimited potential.
#3: Markus Petterson
The seventh-ranked European skater is a tall, lanky defenseman, with a great hockey sense, and a bright future ahead of him. Petterson stepped into a leadership role this season with his Swedish junior team, Skelleftea, and recorded career-highs with four goals and 18 points in 38 games. Petterson models his game after Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild, who is quickly climbing the ranks as one of the NHL’s better defensemen. Petterson will need some time to develop, at less than 170 pounds, but his 6-foot-3 height is a solid base for the perfect defenseman’s stature. Between preparing his body for the NHL, and transitioning to the North American game, the Blackhawks will have to be patient with this prospect, but with plenty of defensemen available, that shouldn’t be a problem for Stan Bowman.