The 2020 NHL Draft will commence on October 9, 2020, in Montreal. The Blackhawks have not always had tremendous luck with their draft picks and will need to choose their prospects wisely this year.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had an up and down relationship with NHL Entry Drafts. While past drafts have seen the likes of Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach, they have also had numerous busts in the past. Chicago has had a number of the first-round draft picks that never became mainstays in the NHL, and obviously this is not a trend that General Manager Stan Bowman is looking to continue.
For the first time in franchise history, the Blackhawks will have the 17th overall pick, and there’ll be many talents to choose from. Chicago already has a solid defensive core, with Adam Boqvist, in particular, being a potential first-line D-man soon, so they may want to look upfront to bolster their offense, or they may want to continue to build up their defense.
There are some potential generational talents that will go in the top five and top ten of the draft this year, and unless the Hawks are willing to trade some hefty assets in order to move up, then Chicago’s spot is likely solidified.
Let’s take a look at three players that might be available at the number 17 spot. Bowman would be wise to take on any of these guys, as they would all have the potential to become a valuable addition to the team.