Mock draft 1.0 tells us who the Blackhawks should pick in each round of the 2024 NHL Draft

The Chicago Blackhawks have another early pick and plenty more in the 2024 NHL Draft. So, who should they seriously consider drafting when the final week in June rolls around?
Duel In The D - Michigan State v Michigan
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The Chicago Blackhawks have one of the more ideal picks in the 2024 NHL Draft, and not just that, they also have seven selections in the first three rounds. So conducting a mock draft via the FC Hockey Mock Draft Builder was a fun experience to see which high-end players were available, plus who would fall into the mid-rounds and serve as potential steals. 

Now the question bodes: Will the actual NHL Draft in June resemble what we have listed below and in the ensuing slides? Keep reading to see who Chicago took (pre-lottery), and the theme for Mock Draft 1.0 has everything to do with logistics, so keep that in mind as you go through each pick. 

Round 1: Artyom Levshunov, D/Michigan State

This one came down to Artyom Levshunov and Ivan Demidov, but I decided to go with the blueliner over the forward, and the 6’2, 209-pound Levshunov has the size and productivity of someone who could if they wanted to, make an early jump to the NHL. He showed off that productivity with 42 points and 13 goals at the USHL level before scoring nine goals and 35 total points in 38 games with the Michigan State Spartans. 

Round 1B: Carter Yakemchuk, D/Calgary Hitmen

There is a good chance Artyom Levshunov and Carter Yakemchuk are the top two-way blueliners in the 2024 NHL Draft and while many fans may have wanted to see a forward go off the board here, there was no way I was letting Yakemchuk fall further. Overall, Levshunov and Yakemchuk would catapult the Blackhawks blue line tenfold if this happened next month. 

Round 2: Lucas Pettersson, C/Modo Hockey J20

Lucas Pettersson doesn’t have an ideal build that you see from high-end draft prospects, or at least among many slated to go in the first two rounds in this draft class. But he’s been an alternate captain, a captain, and one of the top producers in J20 Nationell this past season. In 2024-25, you’ll see more of what he’s capable of at the SHL level, where he could spend another year or two.