Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Prospects to Watch Closely in 2020 NHL Draft

By Jimmy Lynch
Alexis Lafreniere #11, Rimouski Oceanic (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Blackhawks are struggling, which means they are currently on their way to another high draft pick.

The Chicago Blackhawks have compiled a less than stellar 4-6-3 record. There is time to turn things around, but there is also a possibility that they don’t.

We have talked about reasons Blackhawks fans are throwing in the towel and how the Blackhawks core is changing. The Chicago Blackhawks have struggled so far this season and there is a real chance this team could miss out on the playoffs yet again.

We saw the kind of player the Blackhawks brought in through the draft last year when they missed the playoffs. Kirby Dach was drafted 3rd overall, like both Jonathan Toews and Dylan Strome.

The Chicago Blackhawks are going to have the opportunity to bring in a generational talent type player with their draft pick, if the team continues to fail. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the top players to should be on the Blackhawks’ radar throughout the year.

Now, in my opinion, the ‘Hawks need to draft either a scoring winger or a right-handed defenseman. Chicago will need another defenseman prospect, especially if Ian Mitchell chooses to walk away from the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks traded away right-handed defenseman Henri Jokiharju this offseason, in what was a very interesting and questionable move for the team. In my opinion, the Blackhawks need to bring in another defenseman. However, according to Scott Wheeler of The Athletic, this year’s draft class does not feature many high-end defensemen.

It is still early, but let’s jump in with some of the top prospects to watch for the Chicago Blackhawks, if they end up landing another high pick in the draft.