What position the Blackhawks should add in the NHL draft

By Jimmy Lynch
Chicago Blackhawks, Adam Boqvist #27 (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks, Adam Boqvist #27 (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 09: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist (27) controls the puck during a game between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 9, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 09: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist (27) controls the puck during a game between the Nashville Predators and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 9, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Defensive Position

If the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t trade away Henri Jokiharju and did draft Bowen Byram with the third overall pick this past Spring I would have said the Blackhawks were set defensively.

That did not happen. Chicago needs to focus on their blueline this Spring. I do not care if they have players like Olli Maatta, Calvin de Haan, and Connor Murphy under contract for the next few seasons. In my opinion, we need to draft someone in the defensive position that is good in their own end.

Adam Boqvist is going to be a great defenseman, but even he is more of an offensive defenseman. Outside of that, the team has players like Nicolas Beaudin, and hopefully Ian Mitchell.

Chicago needs to draft a top shut down defenseman that can complement their blue line. They aren’t losing games right now because of a failure to score goals, it is because of their failure to keep the puck out of their own net. Here is hoping the Blackhawks draft a defenseman with their first-round pick. However, they could get another pick through a trade.

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Adding one more top-level defenseman in the draft could totally change the projection of this team. If they do this then hopefully we will see them back in the playoffs sooner rather than later.

I hope the Blackhawks make the playoffs, but if they don’t it is not the end of the world, because we can begin to build to something bigger. A top 10 pick in the draft can shift this team’s projection next season so much, and it would only make their young core that much better!

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