Analysis

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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 Justin Barron

Justin Barron has the size and fits the mold the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to add. He has fallen off a little through the coming weeks due to weak play, but that does not change the fact that he is a great NHL prospect.

Barron is a defenseman that fits the need for the Blackhawks. He is a right-handed shot with size to try and force his will on other teams. Think of the effort Connor Murphy shows night in and night out, Barron would offer the same size and style of play.

Chicago is going to have a lot of tough decisions to make throughout the year, especially if they continue on the path they are on. Stan Bowman, the current GM for the Blackhawks, might be forced to draft another top prospect early in the draft. Unless, of course, he is let go from the team if they continue to struggle.

There are some positives when your team is not succeeding. Chicago could have a really good draft pick if they miss out on the playoffs once again. Hopefully, we are wrong and the Blackhawks trade their draft pick to add some more help for a playoff run later this season, but it looks like that is less and less likely every day.

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