Zayne Parekh Profile, Is he a Future Chicago Blackhawk?

At first thought no, at second glance ?
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As Blackhawk Up begins to wind down our potential future Blackhawks draft eligible series (midseason edition) it's important to note that orginally Zayne Parekh was not suppose to be apart of the contingent of players considered with the Hawks' upcoming first selection of the 2024 draft. His play on the other hand, has made him impossible to ignore. Let's dive in...

Zayne Parekh, depending on where you look, is between a 6-0 to 6-1 180-190lb right shot defenseman playing for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL. The Ontario province native will turn 18 this month and is quite literally one of the most unique and dynamic offensive blue liners to along in quite some time.

Zayne Parekh
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Tied for 5th in the entire OHL in points (66pts in 44 games) while also leading in goals by a defenseman (regardless of age) Parekh shows tremendous puck skills as well as some of the best dekes, tight turns, cut backs, and skating moves that a defender at this age has ever shown. Those superlatives are held in high esteem usually reserved for players such as Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes, Shea Theodore, or more recently drafted Lane Hutson (though to a slightly lesser degree).

Let's see some of these skill traits....