The stage is set for the 2021 NHL draft. The Chicago Blackhawks know when they are drafting, now they just need to figure out who.
It really is anyone’s guess as to who the Blackhawks are going to draft. Right now there are a couple of players that I think would be awesome to add, but things could change a lot over the course of the next month.
The Blackhawks probably won’t be drafting anyone that will be in the lineup for a couple of seasons. The fact that we are already talking about Lukas Reichel as a possibility for next season is amazing.
Usually, these mid-level first-round picks need a few extra seasons to develop before making the jump to the NHL. For the guys on this list, that is probably going to be the way things go. These players won’t be making the jump to the NHL until the 2023-24 season if that.
For Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks, that is okay. This is a long-term thing the Blackhawks are trying to build, and whatever asset they add with the eleventh overall pick could be a great one.
So let’s dive in on five different prospects the Blackhawks should target with their first-round pick.