What's Best for Chicago at the Draft Lottery?
By Kyle Graden
We are now just 5 days away from knowing our fate in the 2023 NHL Draft. We will be in the top 5, but where is the real question. Everyone has Connor Bedard as a franchise changing generational talent at #1, while most believe Adam Fantilli will also change the course for a team at #2. Spots 3, 4, and 5 on the other end are less likely to have immediate and dramatic impact.
If you read the title, your reaction is literally, "duh, get Bedard and if not then Fantilli". My answer to that is of course is yes, but let me say something blasphemous: I hope we get #1 or #2 and that St. Louis gets the other top 2 selection. "What! Fire this guy, they should be in a pile of hurt until the end of time!" If that's your reaction, then this article isn't for you, but I hope you hear me out.
We don't have a rival as it presently stands. I asked the readers and it was overwhelmingly in that direction at the moment. How could we have a rival when our record says we lose all the time. I ask you this then, if and when we are really great again wouldn't it be the most rewarding to beat the St. Louis Blues especially if they are also good?
In a perfect scenario we would draft Connor Bedard and in a few seasons be at the top of the league. I really don't care if say the Washington Capitals are the other top team and we have to go through them. I want that divisional, geographical, historical rival to rise with us just so we can beat them. Wouldn't that be a scenario we can all dream about? So yes if we get Bedard or Fantilli, I would like the Blues to get the other player. Watch these 2 go at for at least a dozen games per year for 15 seasons.... Sounds pretty amazing to me.
I understand the consensus is likely let's get one of them and who cares whom the other goes to. That's fair. I'm just looking for the best and most entertaining outcome that "could" happen in 5 days.