With the 13th selection in the NHL Entry Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks selected, from the US Development Program, Frank Nazar. Nazar, 18, put up 70 points in 56 games with the u18 national team of the USDP, and had 35 points in 24 games with the USNTDP Juniors of the USHL. At 5'10, 181 pounds, Nazar brings a speed aspect to the wing, and is committed to the University of Michigan in the NCAA for the 2022-23 season.
Nazar grew up in Michigan, where he was noticed after a remarkable season in u15 AAA. In 65 games during the 2019-20 season, Nazar was the assistant captain and had 61 goals and 90 assists for 151 points. He was a standout player and has often been praised for his impressive hockey IQ in the offensive zone. His 200 foot game also impressed scouts, but his skill with the puck on his stick managed to wow everyone every time he stepped on the ice.
""Nazar makes subtle, almost imperceptible plays at every corner of the ice....the more attention you pay to Nazar, the more you appreciate his offensive genius""- EliteProspects 2022 NHL Draft Huide
This pick was incredible from the Blackhawks, the lack of scoring from the team has been, and will be even more evident with the loss of Alex Debrincat. If Nazar continues to improve, which I fully expect him too, he will eventually become a star in the NHL. He has been compared to Claude Giroux as far as style goes. Quick, smart decisions leading to a number of points and always creating plays for himself and his teammates. After a year or two in college, Nazar should be able to make the jump to the AHL and dominate from there. His ability is obvious, so it's a matter of time before he's battling for a spot in the big leagues.