Chicago Blackhawks Made Three Second-Round Picks On Saturday
The Chicago Blackhawks, through trades, acquired three second-round picks in the 2016 NHL draft. The Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell/Teuvo Teravainen deals netted the Blackhawks all three of their second-round picks.
With the No. 39 overall pick, the Blackhawks selected Alex DeBrincat from the Erie Otters of the OHL. Some speculated he could have been a late first-round pick.
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There were only two 50-goal scorers in the draft, and DeBrincat was one of them. DeBrincat netted his third straight 50-50-100 campaign in 2015-16, going 51-50-111 with the Otters.
While most teams are shy from drafting smaller players, the Blackhawks embrace those type of guys. Debrincat is 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, but plays bigger than his size. He describes himself as a gritty goal scorer. He is also no stranger to playing with talented players, as his former linemates were Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome. DeBrincat has the potential to be a top-six NHL forward.
With the 45th overall pick, the Blackhawks selected Chad Krys. Krys is a defenseman with offensive talent. Before this season, Krys was ranked a potential first-round pick and the top defensive prospect.
He is 5-11, 183 pounds and has spent most of his hockey career with the U.S. developmental teams. He has patience with the puck and superior skating skills. He will follow his father’s footstep and play at Boston University.
While talking about his development this season, many believe his mistakes are correctable at the next level. Krys and DeBrincat played together on Team USA at the most-recent World Junior Championships. Krys said about the Blackhawks: “This is the team I wanted to go to.”
With the 50th overall pick, the Blackhawks took Artur Kayumov from the Russian Junior National Team. He, like DeBrincat, is a smaller forward at 5-10, 155 pounds, but he has dynamic offensive talent.
ESPN’s Corey Pronman says Kayumov has game-breaking offensive talent. Eliteprospects.com describes him as a gifted player with excellent skating ability. Kayumov through a translator said, “The Blackhawks were my favorite team growing up.” Some wonder if Kayumov will become an NHL forward because of his size. On the Russia U18 team, he recorded 31 points (12 goals and 19 assists) .
So the Blackhawks turned Teravainen, Bickell and Shaw into DeBrincat, Krys and Kayumov. This could turn out to be a really good for Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks. Those were the Blackhawks’ first three draft picks in 2016.
As for the current Blackhawks, Bowman stated they might add a veteran defenseman in the coming days. After a bleak couple weeks, the future could look bright for Blackhawks.