Lukas Reichel (1st Round Pick)
This draft pick reminds me of when the Redwings drafted Moritz Seider with the sixth overall pick in 2019. No one imagined him to go so high, but Detroit wanted him so they took their guy. While Reichel was not ranked so high according to a lot of outlets heading into the draft, Bowman wanted to add the forward. The great thing is, Reichel now gets a chance to prove he deserved that spot at the draft in the future. (Grade C)
A decent player with good hockey IQ and decent stats, but Stan left better players on the board. I would’ve rather seen them take Mercer or Zary (Grade C+)
After not being able to find a partner to move up in the first round, the Blackhawks still were able to find a very good prospect at 17th overall. Reichel is still really young, having only turned 18 just this past week. He has already spent a season playing against men in the DEL, so that will only help his progression to the NHL.
He is a phenomenal goal scorer that has a knack for putting the puck in the back of the net. He’s not afraid to go to the greasy areas either, as a lot of his goals have been scored off of rebounds and net mouth scrambles. Also, he is no slouch at playmaking either. His swiftness not only allows him to drive the net at ease but also helps generate scoring opportunities for his teammates. Overall, I really like this pick for the Blackhawks. (Grade A)
At first, I was uneasy about this pick with Dawson Mercer still on the board. However, after more thought, I am really starting to like this pick. Something that seems to be a trend from the Blackhawks in recent drafts is their desire to favor upside over the best player available/best trajectory player.
Reichel adds a great dimension of skill to a Blackhawks forward prospect pool that severely lacks it. He is also a dynamic skater that thinks the game well. Reichel is on the younger side for players in this draft, especially given the relatively large number of overages. He will take time, but I think it will be well worth the wait. (Grade A-)
Reichel was a bit of a surprise for me to be honest, but only because his name was never among the players Chicago was expected to choose. Dylan Holloway or Dawson Mercer were names that came up, but not Reichel. The scouting reports on him suggest he’ll develop into a good two-way forward.
When the Blackhawks originally drafted Reichel I wasn’t sure what to think. Due to him being projected in the 2nd round I thought there were better players available, like Hendrix Lapierre and Dawson Mercer. However, he did put up “24 points in 42 games” as a 17-year-old in the top German league. I project him as being a 2nd or 3rd line player in the future for the Blackhawks. (Grade B)