The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Jonathan Toews third overall in 2006 and then were gifted the first overall pick back in 2007. The team is on track to repeat history.
Can you imagine how mad fans of the NHL are going to be if the Blackhawks get the first overall draft pick this season? Just think about it for a second. Fans were upset last season when the Blackhawks received the third overall pick and drafted Kirby Dach, but they are going to be in an uproar if we land the first overall pick.
The last time the Blackhawks had the number one pick they drafted Patrick Kane. He seems like a good NHL player, right? Adding another player like Kane is exactly what the Blackhawks need right now. We have our center of the future in Kirby Dach, which is the team’s “Jonathan Toews“. Now we just need our future star.
I know right now I am hypothetically talking about the Blackhawks losing to the Oilers. While I do not want to see that happen, it is important to talk about all the possible outcomes. Blackhawks fans should not root against the ‘Hawks in order to secure a chance at the top pick in the NHL draft, instead, we should be rooting for a chance at the Cup.
If we have to lose, however, we might as well lose with a chance to get the first overall pick. This team would be scary good in the next few years if we land the top pick. Alexis Lafreniere, Kirby Dach, Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, and Dominik Kubalik all on the same team. That is a pretty good group of forwards to build your team around. Especially when you factor in veterans like Toews and Kane. I know I am not talking about the salary cap when factoring all of those players, and that is going to create a headache someday.
I would take my chances of playing with the salary cap again in a few years if that means we have Alexis Lafreniere on our team. In the meantime, let’s see what happens against the Oilers!