The Chicago Blackhawks have the 17th-pick in the 2020 NHL entry-level draft. After months of mock drafts, it seems like Dylan Holloway is the favored pick.
The Chicago Blackhawks, unless Yaroslav Askarov is still on the board, look to draft a forward with their first pick in the 2020 NHL draft. With Chicago having the 17th-pick in the draft, their pick won’t see time in the NHL for at least one-to-two seasons.
The consensus pick for the team is Dylan Holloway. Many mock drafts have him going to the Hawks. Last year, mock drafts were wrong when it came to the Blackhawks though, as Alex Turcotte was favored to go to Chicago up until the last few days.
Of course, mock drafts towards the end saw Kirby Dach move up the rankings, but fans still expected to see Turcotte in his hometown jersey.
This time around, Holloway is the favorite going into the week before the draft. Holloway plays for the University of Wisconson and will remain there this season, no matter where he is selected.
Last season, he had 8-goals and 9-assists in 35-games with Wisconson. There’s potential for him to improve this season, which if he does, could make him a steal in the draft. I still have issues with that pick.
The issue I have with that pick is it’s not good enough for how much depth this draft has at forward. There are too many great players in this draft and I don’t see Holloway as one of them. If he is drafted and can become more talented on offense, I’ll be happy with the pick, but I just don’t see it.
Holloway had one good offensive season scoring-wise when he was in the AJHL. He had 40-goals and 48-assists in 53-games. Those are great numbers, but it hasn’t translated when he’s faced higher competition.
It’ll be interesting to see what Stan Bowman does with the pick. There are cases for him moving up and there are cases for him to stand pat and see what happens. Hopefully, the right decision is made and the Hawks get a player who can put the puck in the net and help the team on offense.