Yes, every Blackhawks fan would love to win the draft lottery 2 years in a row. Yes, Macklin Celebrini is going to go 1st overall. Sitting in the 31st (2nd worse) spot right now that'd give them a 13.5% chance at landing at #1. It also means, an 86.5% chance they select a player at picks 2nd, 3rd, or 4th overall.
In this particular draft that could mean any number of players such as Cayden Lindstrom, Sam Dickinson, Ivan Demidov, Cole Eiserman, Berkly Catton, Anton Silayev, Zeev Buium, or Konsta Helenius. More likely though.... it looks like Artyom Levshunov is checking all the right (pun intended) boxes at the moment from a Blackhawks colored lens.
Artyom Levshunov is a big 6'2 200lb right shot defenseman from Belarus but playing for the Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA. The Big Ten conference is a physical one and at the moment the Spartans are playing excellent hockey. The team is deep, tough, and has excellent defense and play in the crease (Trey Augustine). A big reason for the early success is because of a freshman from Belarus.
Already 18 (10-28-05) Levshunov made his way to East Lansing after coming to North American to play for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL. It was there that he started to make a name for himself (42 points in 62 games) after playing in the Vysshaya league in his home country. It was not a traditional path for a player, but one that seems to paying off as Artyom continues to see his profile grow.
How will his game translate to the NHL?