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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)
Alexis Lafreniere #11, Rimouski Oceanic (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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Jamie Drysdale

Jamie Drysdale looks like the defenseman to watch for the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a right-handed defenseman that stands at 5-foot-11. If Chicago is lucky enough to snag Drysdale, the ‘Hawks will add a high-end 2-way defenseman with skill at driving to the net and with an elite hockey sense.

Drysdale is a two-way defenseman. As long as he can provide a solid defensive presence, I do not think Blackhawks fans will care what he can generate offensively. Of course, he did generate 40 points last season through 63 games, so he can put the puck in the net. Chicago already has highly offensive defensemen, like Adam Boqvist, playing with the team. Defenders are what the ‘Hawks are looking to add.

Drysdale would also offer the Chicago Blackhawks the right-handed shot the blue line has been missing. A few games this year has featured 6 left-handed defensemen on the blue line, which is not a key for success. The Blackhawks only have Connor Murphy to lead the defensive charge of right-handed defenders. Yes, Brent Seabrook is an option, but it’s Seabrook.

The draft does not feature too many high-end defenseman as of yet, so up next is another winger to have your eye on.

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