Readers Choice: Who The Chicago Blackhawks Should Draft

Connor Zary #18, Kamloops Blazers (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
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Kaiden Guhle #6, Team White (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Kaiden Guhle

Defensemen Kaiden Guhle is looked at as the 8th-best North American-Skater and has been ranked as high as 14th-best by Mckeen’s Hockey.

I love the 6-foot-3 size Guhle will bring to any team’s blue line. He is a two-way defenseman who can play big minutes and skates really well. His 137-games in the WHL where he has 58-points shows that.

Guhle will likely be taken before the Hawks pick, but if he is on the board and they’re looking to pick a defenseman, he wouldn’t be a bad choice.

Guhle will be a player that will need a year or two before playing in the NHL, but that isn’t a bad thing, as Chicago is still re-tooling their defensive pairings. They have Ian Mitchell coming up who is expected to be a star for the Hawks.

They have other young stars on defense who will get better as time goes on. Chicago has a solid young core on defense that people are over-looking.

Guhle joining that young core could be the final piece they’re looking for in the near future. It would be interesting to see him wearing the Hawks sweater. If Chicago is thinking defense, Guhle is their guy.

Braden Schneider

Braden Schneider is another big defenseman, standing at 6-foot-2. He is the 9th-best North American-Skater in the draft and has been ranked as high as the 13th-best player in the draft by ISS Hockey.

Braden Schneider impresses me with his two-way game and his hard shot. His work on Special Team is impressive as well.

In the WHL, Schneider has played in 185-games, scoring 16-goals and 72-points. He’s another guy that would gel well with the Hawks young core on defense. You can’t go wrong with drafting Guhle or Schneider.

If the Hawks draft him, he will sit a year as Adam Boqvist did. They are similar players with Schneider having the size edge. Chicago is lacking that size and either defenseman gives that to them.

Both Guhle and Schneider are solid draft picks.