Wyatt Kaiser (3rd Round Pick)
Another good defenseman, but again, not much size. It will likely take him a long time to develop. (Grade C+)
Drafted at 81st overall, Wyatt Kaiser could be the steal of this draft. NHL Central Scouting is very high on Kaiser, as they had him ranked #37 on their prospect list. They also compared him to Duncan Keith, as he is a very good skater with incredible edge work. While he does struggle a tad bit offensively, he does feature outstanding work ethic.
He will only look to continue growing his game at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where the coaching staff has very high hopes for the Andover, Minnesota native. (Grade B+)
I think this was a good pick for the Blackhawks. He is coming right out of high school where he put up 43 points last year. He’s attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does versus better competition. I think he could project as a 3rd pairing defenseman. (Grade C+)
If Kaiser lives up to the scouting report, he’ll be a versatile defenseman. His speed will be especially important as teams are constantly looking to drive the pace faster and faster. His ability to move and the puck quickly and efficiently should be an asset if he can mature into an NHL player.
Chicago has a number of defensemen in their organization. and the list just keeps getting longer. We might not see Kaiser in the NHL, but he will have the option to prove he belongs there. That is the great thing about 3rd round picks -7th round picks. They are more long term investments then players to bank on. (Grade B-)