How landing one of the top four picks in the NHL Draft Lottery will impact the Chicago Blackhawks' rebuild

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The third or fourth pick will give the Blackhawks a chance to add a good prospect, especially to the blue line.

The Blackhawks will need just as much conviction on whoever they take at third or fourth. This is a draft that is not like last year when there was agreement on the top five prospects.

Scott Wheeler has Levshunov and defenseman Zeev Buium as his third and fourth-best prospects. Tankathon agrees with Wheeler on Levshunov, but they think forward Cayden Lindstrom is the fourth rated prospect.

McKenzie has Russian defenseman Anton Silayev as his third-best prospect and then Levshunov as the fourth. Pronman has Carter Yakemchuk as his third top prospect and then Buium at No. 4.

Last year's draft was heavy on forwards at the top of the draft. This year's draft is more balanced. Depending on who go with, defensemen seem to be at the top of a lot of draft prospect rankings.

The Blackhawks could use more help on the blue line in their system. The Hawks could sign a couple of veteran defensemen to be a bridge while prospects like Ethan Del Mastro get more time in Rockford and Sam Rinzel works on his game in college. Taking another defenseman would fit with bringing in cheap reinforcements a few years down the road once Kevin Korchinski signs his next contract.

Seth Jones and Alex Vlasic are already locked up long-term so adding more youth will help the salary cap balance.

Cayden Lindstrom is a massive, skilled forward that the Blackhawks could use in their system. The Hawks love faster skaters with skill and that has meant the Hawks have taken smaller forwards. Lindstrom can skate and his huge.

The No. 1 overall pick will speed up the rebuild while the other three picks will keep it at the pace it is already on.