The Chicago Blackhawks did not win the NHL Draft Lottery, but drafting 11th overall shouldn’t be an issue for the team.
The Chicago Blackhawks last time drafting 11th overall was in 2008 when the team drafted Kyle Beach. Beach ended up not playing a single game in the NHL. So hopefully this coming draft will be better for the team.
The Hawks have drafted 11th overall four times in team history, with the most successful player being Dave Manson of the 1985 draft who played 431 games with the team. Hopefully, this coming draft will be better for the team.
Every draft pick is an opportunity to bring in a top-level player. Most of the time it is about filling a hole in the lineup and taking what you believe is the best available player on the team. Fans are going to have a lot of time to speculate about the team’s potential moves, and in particle who they should draft with that position.
There have been a lot of game-changing NHL players drafted eleventh overall, from Filip Forsberg to Anze Kopitar, it is all about seeing what the team can get done. I am sure now it is go time for the team. Now they know where they are drafting, and they can start projecting who is going to be available at eleventh overall.
Last season’s decision to draft Lukas Reichel did shock a lot of people, but it seems like it was the right move as Reichel could be in the NHL next season and he is one of the most talked-about prospects. Same thing with their decision to draft Dach third overall. Honestly, I wanted the team to pick up a different prospect at the time, but now a few years later Stan Bowman seems to have made a great move bringing in Kirby Dach.
Playoff hockey is great, but I cannot wait to see what this team does at this year’s draft!