The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of great prospects available to draft at this years NHL draft, one player to keep an eye on would be Antonio Stranges.
Antonio Stranges put up 40 points this season with the London Knights, the 18-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Knights. Stranges might not be the best prospect available at this coming draft, but I could see him being a very solid round two or three picks at this coming NHL draft.
Stranges, who played in London last season, spent one year playing with Adam Boqvist with the London Knights. The Blackhawks spent a lot of time last season tracking Boqvist when he was with the London Knights in 2018-19. With that in mind, the Chicago Blackhawks should have a pretty good idea what kind of player Stranges is after seeing him play on the same team as Boqvist for a full season.
Stranges, who is 5 foot 10 inches and 170 pounds, still has some growing to do before becoming a great NHL player, however, his 40 points were seventh-best on the team. I think it is interesting to see players like Alec Regula and Adam Boqvist, both defensemen with the Blackhawks, have spent time with the London Knights. My guess is we will be bringing in another London Knight this season.
Just check out what the Hockey News had to say about Stranges in December. I think there is no question that Stranges has some skill, it is just going to be a matter of time till he unlocks it and really gets going. Maybe one thing that can help him get things in check would be a comfortable team filled with stars that can let him learn how to play on his own time. We have plenty of centers in Toews, Strome, and Dach. Stranges will not be under pressure to produce and can take some time to learn how to be the best center or left-wing this team can have.
I personally think any London Knight can help this team, they are an excellent organization in the OHL, which is why I think Stranges would be a steal for the Blackhawks in round 3.