Chicago Blackhawks: Draft Prospect – Connor Zary
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks are going to need to bring in a player at this NHL draft that can make their team better moving forward. One player who is going to be able to make the team better is Connor Zary.
Connor Zary has spent the last few years playing with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, the 18-year-old put up 86 points through 57 games last season, and honestly, this center is worth a lot more than just his goal-scoring ability.
Zary is a great two way forward, that can play on both ends of the ice. While Jonathan Toews is great defensively, he is on the back end of his career. Bringing in Zary this year at the NHL draft would give the Blackhawks another threat at the center position who can play in any situation. When you consider the fact that the Blackhawks do not yet have Dylan Strome signed for next year, maybe that shows that they are thinking about going down this rode at the draft.
Besides having a cool last name that I think would fit great on the Blackhawks roster, Zary also seems like a leader who could turn into something at the NHL level. Zary also spent some time at the world juniors during the 2018-19 season, where he put up four goals and seven points with team Canada.
I know that the Blackhawks have a lot of centers Jonathan Toews, Dylan Strome, and Kirby Dach are going to be around the next few years unless something drastic happens. So with that in mind, bringing Zary into the organization would show this team is committed to building for five years down the line, not the immediate future.
This is going to be a very trying draft for the Blackhawks, as who they bring in with their first-round pick in the mid-first round is going to show what type of direction this team is going in. Honestly, I think Zary could be a player you can work to build a team around, and with pieces like DeBrincat under contract long term, we might just have a recipe for success in Chicago if we add Zary.