The Chicago Blackhawks have one first-round draft pick coming up at the NHL draft. So let’s break down the draft order and what put the Blackhawks in the position they are in.
If it was not for the trip to the postseason the Blackhawks just had, they would have been picking in the top 10 again this draft. However, because we got past the Edmonton Oilers in the qualifiers, the teams 32-30-8 record now became better looking than teams like Toronto that failed to get out of the qualifiers.
After the year the Blackhawks had it is weird to think that the team is not drafting to the 17th overall pick. Obviously, I am not trying to say the Blackhawks can not find a talented player in that position, but I am pointing out that this drop in the draft might be the reason the Blackhawks won’t add the goalie everyone is talking about.
Chicago could use a franchise goalie in their organization to look forward to in the next few seasons. Yaroslav Askarov is the franchise goalie every team in the NHL is looking at right now. If he manages to fall to the Blackhawks I am sure the team will add him, but it makes more sense that one of the teams above the Blackhawks will add him beforehand.
2020 NHL Draft: Complete First Round Draft Order
Here’s the official order directly from NHL.com:
1. NY Rangers
2. Los Angeles
3. Ottawa (from SJS)
7. New Jersey
13. Carolina (from TOR)
15. Toronto (from PIT)
18. New Jersey (from ARI)
20. New Jersey (from VAN via TBL)
22. NY Rangers (from CAR)
26. St. Louis
27. Anaheim (from BOS)
28. Ottawa (from NYI)
31. San Jose (from TBL)
Draft Day Deals:
I would not expect the Blackhawks to trade up or down in this draft. Where they are at is where they are at for better or worse. While the team might go out and make some deals as they have in the past, don’t expect it to be deals to change their draft position.
Chicago is going to add a great player with the 17th overall pick. Right now, the general consensus is Dylan Holloway to Chicago. However last season not many people were expecting to see Kirby Dach’s name get called with the third overall pick.