The best choices for the Blackhawks at the 2020 NHL Draft

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Justin Barron, Halifax Mooseheads
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The Halifax Mooseheads have a big-bodied defenseman upfront in Justin Barron. The 6’2, 187-pound defenseman was ranked as one of the top defensive prospects at the beginning of the season. His draft ranking fell a bit during the season due to on and off ice issues, but he still comes in as the 16th ranked North American skater.

Barron is still a decent body in front of the net, and as TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes, he is a “big, smart, mobile puck mover who can skate or pass the puck out of trouble and plays a solid defensive game”. McKenzie is noted as one of the top hockey experts, and praise like that from him could go a long way.

Barron dealt with blood clots during the year and was out of commission for a decent portion of the season. Despite these setbacks, being able to persevere and still end up with a middle of the pack draft ranking will likely mean that there are a number of teams watching him.

The Blackhawks would be wise to select a big-bodied D-man to add to the solid young defensive core that they have. While Barron’s all-around game isn’t the best, he is still a decent skater and would be a solid pick at the 17th spot.