Chicago Blackhawks Draft Profile: Forward Quinton Byfield

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Chicago Blackhawks, Quinton Byfield
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As of right now, the Chicago Blackhawks are ranked 7th on the NHL draft board. With 122 days until June 26th, 2020, let’s dive into top selections.

The Chicago Blackhawks have a 20.4% of getting a top-three pick in this year’s NHL draft. Throughout the next few weeks, we will go through maybe top players that could be a Blackhawk next season.

We’ve already talked about Alexis Lafrenière, the player who is expected to be the number one pick in this year’s draft. He was brought up back in December. The player who is still ranked the second-best player in the draft is Quinton Byfield.

Byfield is the best center in the draft. The Blackhawks need another center to complete four lines. They could move Ryan Carpenter and David Kampf to the wing. That gives the Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, Kirby Dach, Dylan Strome, and Byfield as their centers. That’s in no order of course.

Byfield is 12 in points throughout the OHL. He has played fewer games than all of the players above him though. At 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, Byfield has the look to be a star in the NHL. He’s in a situation where he doesn’t need to bulk up to be successful in the NHL.

At 17, I don’t know if he’ll be ready for the 2021 NHL season though. He will be 18 just a month before the season starts. It’ll be an interesting situation for the team that drafts him.