BREAKING: Blackhawks to pick third overall in the NHL Entry Draft

  

The Blackhawks were (potentially unwilling) participants in the NHL Draft Lottery tonight. They came into the annual event in the 12th spot after a late-season faux playoff run which did nothing but decrease their chances of moving up greatly.

The Colorado Avalanche, via the Ottawa Senators, came into the event with the best chance to take the first overall prize of U.S. National Development Program center Jack Hughes or big Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko thanks to last season’s trade of Matt Duchene. Duchene has been since traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both Columbus and Colorado qualified for the playoffs, while Ottawa decided to keep last year’s first round pick and took big power forward Brady Tkachuk, who had himself a solid 45-point (22 goals, 23 assists) rookie season.

Once the ping-pong balls dropped and the final lineup was announced, the Blackhawks moved all the way up to third overall. This will prove to be a very important draft year for the future of this team. The New Jersey Devils will pick first overall and the New York Rangers will pick second overall.

Last season, the Blackhawks came into the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery as the seventh overall pick and left the building with the eighth overall selection. The story played out very well and they were able to select Swedish phenom Adam Boqvist with their pick.

BREAKING: Blackhawks to pick third overall in the NHL Entry Draft

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  • #12661
    Jeff Osborn
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    The Blackhawks were (potentially unwilling) participants in the NHL Draft Lottery, tonight. They came into the annual event in the 12th spot after a l
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    #12663
    Chico Maki
    Participant

    This is great news. At the very least, the Hawks will get a very talented player at #3.

    I wonder if it’s possible…or feasible…in trading up to get kakko or Hughes. Or, could they trade down and get more picks?

    #12664
    Jeff Osborn
    Keymaster

    This is great news. At the very least, the Hawks will get a very talented player at #3. I wonder if it’s possible…or feasible…in trading up to get kakko or Hughes. Or, could they trade down and get more picks?

    both are reasonable, but I think they stay

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    #12665
    matt_ahrens
    Participant

    i’m so jaded I read this as the Hawks are picking third in a two-person draft.

    #12667
    Chico Maki
    Participant

    I, too, think they stay at #3.  Because Stan lacks the cajones to make a big splash .

    #12668
    Jeff Osborn
    Keymaster

    i’m so jaded I read this as the Hawks are picking third in a two-person draft.

    Don’t.

    although they picked Cam Barker third overall once.

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    #12670
    Mister Ricochet
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    Happy, happy day for the organIzation and all its fans!   Simply can not believe the luck to get the #3…………. One of my first thoughts after they got the #3 was JJ’s saying in the last podcast that it is time for Bowman to trade value for value to get a top 4 Dman.  I agree with that statement.

    Today the #3 falls to them and the calculus has to have changed in a big way in both short and long term options but the urgency for StanBow to execute is even larger.  ……. So so many possibilities, trade up, trade down, package the #3 and a Gus/Beaudin/Mitchell?  The next 10 yrs quite possible hinge on what happens up to and thru this coming draft.

    I’ll add that it is even more important now that the #3 fell to them that StanBow did the one thing I wanted him to do last summer and that was do no harm!    With the emergence of Gus, Dcat, Strome and Bovquist/Mitchell/Joki/Beaudin a yr closer and the possibilities with the #3 not having 7 mil per for 5 yrs tied up in a JVR type is monstrous.  The cliche that sometimes the very best moves are the ones not made apply.   ….. For this fan what Stan didn’t do last summer, seemingly with his job on the line, helps him in spades this summer due to the flexibility he didn’t waste on 5 yrs at 7 mil per on a JVR and his 48 points.

     

    #12671
    Under Qs moustache
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    The Hawks are in a position to draft their next #1C, so that when Toews becomes the 10.4M Krueger in a few years they’ll have Strome and #3 2019 up the middle. Finally some size as all 3 would be over 6 feet. Or they can also get the best defenseman (over 6 feet tall) in the draft as Hughs and Kakko will go 1,2. Big dmen and #1C are expensive positions to fill if you can’t draft them. See Nashville.  A giant break for the Hawks!

    #12681
    Mister Ricochet
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    [b]The Hawks are in a position to draft their next #1C,[/b] so that when Toews becomes the 10.4M Krueger in a few years they’ll have Strome and #3 2019 up the middle. Finally some size as all 3 would be over 6 feet. Or they can also get the best defenseman (over 6 feet tall) in the draft as Hughs and Kakko will go 1,2. Big dmen and #1C are expensive positions to fill if you can’t draft them. See Nashville. A giant break for the Hawks!

     

    No doubt and having a franchise #1 in Toews for 10 yrs and the value that brings on and off the ice it seems they can not pass up a chance for another once in 10-20 yrs 1C………. Who knows, but if I were to bet a dollar today they take a center with that #3 pick.

    #12715

    Kinda silly any one is here disappointed about the idea of a franchise player NOT being there because I see FOUR forwards after JH and KK that work for me.

    (all centres except for the rugged Russian)

    I have the profiles of all the prospects in the first two rounds up on Draftsite.

     

    Click on a name.

     

    wiz

    #12666
    Chico Maki
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    This is great news. At the very least, the Hawks will get a very talented player at #3. I wonder if it’s possible…or feasible…in trading up to get kakko or Hughes. Or, could they trade down and get more picks?

    both are reasonable, but I think they stay

    I, too, think they stay at #3.  Because Stan lacks the skill to make a good trade/package to move up. (Or down)

     

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