Examining the Chicago Blackhawks' chances of drafting a franchise player based on the recent No. 2 Overall Picks

The top of the NHL draft is often loaded with franchise changing players, and this year is no exception. In this article I will be examining the past five 2nd overall selections to predict what caliber of player the Blackhawks will draft.
2015 NHL Draft - Round One, Pick Two
2015 NHL Draft - Round One, Pick Two / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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2019: Kappo Kakko (300 games played, 57 goals, 60 assists, 117 points)

Now we get to the one sour spot in the recent history of 2nd overall draft selections. Kakko was initially billed as a big power forward who used his size and skill to create offensive opportunities for himself and his linemates. The problem is that it simply hasn't translated to consistent success in the NHL yet. I think that there is still a good player there, but time is ticking on Kakko to ever turn into anything more than a good depth forward.

While he is clearly an NHL-caliber player, he isn't the type of player you would hope to have drafted at second overall.

While we can clearly see that the past five 2nd overall picks have largely been success stories, the picture gets even better the further you look back in recent NHL history. Blackhawks fans, can I interest you in any of the following players?

Andrei Svechnikov, Patrik Laine, Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Aleksander Barkov, Gabriel Landeskog, Tyler Seguin, Victor Hedman, Drew Doughty, James Van Riemsdyk, and Evgeni Malkin....

Yeah... we shouldn't worry about who the Blackhawks will draft between Demidov and Levshunov, or even Cayden Lindstrom. History is very much on our side here.

And remember, we already have our Franchise player in Connor Bedard, so adding a player of Malkin, or Doughty or even Eichel's quality to our team is a frightening thought for the rest of the league. My advice is to enjoy your summer and not to stress out about who Kyle Davidson will draft. The Blackhawks will more than likely draft a franchise altering player this summer, and our already bright future will grow even more radiant.