Draft

Blackhawks: What’s the plan for the 2021 NHL Draft?

By Joseph Felicelli
Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago Blackhawks, Duncan Keith, Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks, Duncan Keith, Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

A Draft Unlike Any Other

There are teams who are going to “dump it in” on this year’s draft, and trade away picks this year in exchange for next year and beyond, when all expectations are that the hockey world will revert to normal operations starting with this upcoming season. Give your scouts a fair chance to evaluate the talent based on what they do under normal circumstances on the ice.

Other teams that have confidence in their scouting process may look to load up on picks, or maneuver to get specific players they have targeted, hoping other teams have not identified those under-the-radar players that can give a boost to their organization. If they can work the draft board, and get multiple of these players after the first day, that’s a huge boost to the talent level of their organization.

The remainder will likely treat this year as any other year, and do the best they can to identify targeted players, and rank the board deep enough into the prospect pool to cover the picks they have in all 7 rounds.

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