Readers Choice: Who The Chicago Blackhawks Should Draft

Connor Zary #18, Kamloops Blazers (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
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Lukas Reichel #44, Eisbaeren Berlin (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images) /

Lukas Reichel

Lukas Reichel is a 6-foot winger, who is a two-way forward who chips in defensively. Reichel is ranked as the 11th-best European-Skater, with his highest ranking 20th-best by Bob McKenzie.

Reichel will likely fall to the second round of the draft. He has the ability to score goals and help create plays with little flaws, but he is a project player. In his first season in the DEL, Reichel played in 42-games, scoring 12-goals and 12-assists for 24-points. Those numbers aren’t bad for a 17-18-year-old kid, but there needs to be some progression in Year 2.

If his draft year was next season, maybe he would be ranked higher – he is a risky draft pick in the first round, due to his experience level.

Reichel shoots the puck well and could find himself in a solid role in the NHL a few years down the line, but again, he is a project that won’t see the NHL for a few years. If Reichel is around in the second-round when Chicago is back up to pick, giving him a shot as a project would be a good idea. Picking him at 17 would be a poor decision, as there are players that are better than him that will be on the board in the second round.

He has the potential to be a steal for some team later on, but it depends on his progression this upcoming year in the DEL. There’s a GM out there that likes what they see with him, that GM could be Stan Bowman in the second round. We’ll have to see what happens!

Mavrik Bourque

Mavrik Bourque is a 5-foot-11 forward who is ranked as the 22nd-best North American-Skater. His highest ranking is 12th-best by Elite Prospects.

Mavrik Bourque had a great first two seasons in the QMJHL, playing in 113-games, scoring 54-goals, and 71-assists for 125-points. These point-per-game players are players you take notice to, especially as young prospects with the potential of being a mid-to-late first-round draft choice.

As the stats show, Bourque has a great offensive game with a great scoring touch. The 54-goals in his first two seasons in the QMJHL show tremendous promise. He grew a lot as a player from Year 1 to Year 2, which shows he has the ability to grow as a player as he gets closer to the NHL.

He isn’t ready for the NHL day one, but he is a first-round talent that will be in the NHL sooner than later. He is one of the players I would want to see the Hawks grab if he’s on the board and a few other skilled players are already drafted.

This kid is good, I’m excited to see where he ends up in October.

Jan Mysak

We get to Jan Mysak, who is our last forward on the list from our readers. Mysak is another late-round talent who I see potentially having a solid NHL career, but him being a project.

Last year in the OHL, Mysak had 15-goals and 10-assists for 15-points in 22-games. He was loaned out to the Czech league to start next season, where he has struggled in the past.

Mysak is a player who sees the play unfold on the ice quickly while playing a smart game. He has been a solid player since joining the OHL earlier in the year, but he has still struggled in the Czech league, which has kept scouts looking past him.

Mysak is the 28th-best North American-Skater, with his highest ranking being the 16th-best player in the draft by Future Considerations.

I like what I’ve seen by him, but I think drafting him at 17 is way too early. If Chicago was a late first-round selection, Mysak wouldn’t be a terrible choice. Considering they’re drafting at 17, they have the chance to draft a player that could make a difference in 2021-22. Mysak just isn’t that guy.