Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo on the ice during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Fina against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
2. Josh Ho-Sang
Josh Ho-Sang may be one of the players with the most pure skill on the draft board. There are questions about his commitment to defense and his attitude. He was benched as a rookie during one of his games for the Windsor Spitfires because he showed up late to practice. Some GM’s are very reluctant to select him because of those discipline problems.
During his rookie year with the Spitfires he had 14 goals and 30 assists for 44 points in 63 games, and was -23. That is why many teams think that he has problems with defensive commitment. He proved all of them wrong in 2013-14 when he had 32 goals and 53 assists for 85 points in 67 games, and a was +26. Ho-Sang points at that statistic when trying to convince GM’s that he can change.
Where as Bleackley reminds me of Toews, Ho-Sang reminds me of electrifying Hawks star Patrick Kane. He may not have great leadership skills, but he will definitely be a skilled skater and clutch performer.
1. Nick Schmaltz
Schmaltz is an offensive-minded center who is set to go to the University of North Dakota in 2014-15. He came up with the Chicago Mission in his Bantam League and Midget hockey days, and played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.
The Blackhawks are contenders right now, and will be for the next few years. They have the option to draft a guy who will most likely be in college for at least the next 3 years. With the problems that the Hawks are having with getting Kevin Hayes under contract after his 4 years in college, it seems as if the Hawks would be reluctant to select another college guy.
If they do pick Schmaltz though, they will get a decent offensive talent who is fairly unproven, but has great potential.
Who do you think the Blackhawks will select in the first round? Leave your answer in the comments below. Will it be one of these three or will it be somebody else? Let us know!
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