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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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 Jeremie Poirier

Jeremie Poirier is another top prospect to watch this year in the NHL Draft. Poirier is a defenseman that the Chicago Blackhawks should have their eyes on. He can be dynamic with the puck in his own zone and help the team work up ice.

Poirier has a hockey IQ beyond his years, and his skating ability could help generate more successful transitions during games. I think the biggest thing with Poirier is whether or not the young defensive prospect can improve his defensive ability and grow a little bit before the draft.

At 6’0”, Poirer is not short, but he also is not tall. At just an average height, for an NHL player, he won’t have the option to really throw his weight around from the blue line, something defenseman like Connor Murphy use to their advantage night in and night out.

Jeremie Poirier should be a reliable mid-round pick, should the Blackhawks end up drafting in the middle rounds.

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