Do you always draft the best player available? Or can your decision be swayed by drafting by a positional need? These are questions that Mark Kelley is asked all the time and ones that he and his staff dissect rigorously all year. Kelley's job is to watch these players and gets to know them on and off the ice. He relies on his scouts who have been strategically placed and sent out to watch specific players to relay thoughtful analysis back to him.
Welcome to the time machine that I am calling "Re-Draft Friday". This will be a 7-part series reoccurring, yep, you guessed it… every Friday.
The Blackhawks picked a bad year to miss the playoffs (again). Evidentially, this is the year of the underdog. While the Hawks defensive issues would have resulted in an early exit had they made the post-season, the happenings of this year is a sign for all those bubble teams around the league that with a few smart moves, maybe… just maybe… they can be the Hurricanes of 2018-19.
Here are my top 5 players that project as living in the NHL/AHL bubble as the roster stands today that could find themselves on the Hawks roster in October or at some point in the 2019-2020 season due to trades, signings and/or injuries.
The Blackhawks ended up with 11 draft picks in the 2011 draft. After looking at the following, it'll be really difficult to argue with their selections. These 11 players have combined for: 1,568 games 306 goals 723 points 4 Stanley Cups … not too shabby.
Thanks to Lady Luck, a lot of Blackhawks chatter has been surrounding the draft lately. With good reason too, the Hawks now hold the keys of fate for team selecting #4 onward. I wanted to pop in with a quick 5 thoughts blog which is more rooted in European players, the World Championships and the Playoffs. Here we go.
Welcome to my draft preview series. Today we're starting with centre Alex Turcotte. The way I'm setting these up are: * Player Snapshot * Highlights (so you can see on-ice skills) * Interview (so you can get to know the player off-ice) * Making a case for why the Blackhawks will draft this player Enjoy!
Welcome back to re-draft Friday. Today we're looking at 2012. If you're looking for some optimism this Friday, it might be best to look in the other direction. The Blackhawks were coming off a tough loss in the first round to Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes. How did that affect their draft?
The modest and confident Kirby Dach knows he's going to be a difference maker. He already possesses an NHL type frame at 6'4 / 200 lbs… oh and he can move. The right-handed centre would be an excellent pick in this draft and will surely go in the top 10. Should the Blackhawks take him at #3? Let's examine...
Down the list, we go as we evaluate the potentials at #3 for the Blackhawks. Today, we're looking at Trevor Zegras. I'm going to leave this one to the experts, as I don't as much insight into Zegras than other prospects which I've followed a lot closer. I do know that Craig Button of TSN is a fan; he had rave reviews on the Hawks Talk podcast when Pat Boyle interviewed him.
Welcome back to re-draft Friday. Today we're looking at 2013. Before we dive in, a couple of updates from Blackhawks' World, then let's dissect the Hawks draft.