Draft

Blackhawks May Have Already Revealed Their Pick In 2019 NHL Draft

By Tony Gianares
BUFFALO, NY - MAY 29: Alex Turcotte poses for a portrait at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine on May 29, 2019 at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MAY 29: Alex Turcotte poses for a portrait at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine on May 29, 2019 at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Blackhawks recently had a one-on-one interview with one of the top prospects in the 2019 NHL Draft, Alex Turcotte. This interview was featured on their social media pages as well.

They haven’t done this with any other prospect, so does this mean they have revealed their pick? I may be reading into things, but it does make sense.

Alex Turcotte has been linked to the Blackhawks in multiple mock drafts by various NHL analysts. He also fills a position of need at center.

As of right now, Turcotte has committed to playing hockey for the University of Wisconsin next season, but players have gone back on their commitments before.

This actually happened as recently as last season. Brady Tkachuk was committed to playing for Boston University, but opted to play for the Ottawa Senators in 2018-19.

Ultimately, having a season of NCAA hockey under Turcotte’s belt wouldn’t hurt, but if upper management views the Blackhawks’ current situation as dire as some fans do, we may see him sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t mind infusing more young blood into the team’s veins.

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Alex Turcotte’s stock has been on the rise as of late, and selecting him 3rd overall makes sense. Jonathan Toews is 31 years old and the rest of the Stanley Cup core is either close or older. StanBo & Co. need to continue the trend that they started during the 2018-19 NHL season.

They acquired multiple young players with upside, such as Dylan Strome, Drake Caggiula, Brendan Perlini, Dominik Kubalik and more. All of them seem to have a place with this team for the foreseeable future. Turcotte would fit right in with this youth movement.

He shows good poise and seems fairly well spoken as well. These are great traits to have as an 18-year-old. If you missed the exclusive one-on-one interview between Eric Lear and Alex Turcotte, here is a video of the interview.

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