2014 NHL Draft Preview: Where Will The Hawks Pick?

Rundblad Bolland Pirri

Who will the Blackhawks select in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft? We’re a couple weeks away from the event, and there will undoubtedly be a few trades that shake up the order before – and during – the draft.

But let’s begin looking ahead by looking back: what picks do the Hawks have this summer? And how did they arrive at their current selections?

When the NHL reconsidered the New Jersey Devils’ penalty from the Ilya Kovalchuk circumvention situation, they locked the Devils in with the 30th pick. This means the Chicago Blackhawks own the 27th overall selection in this year’s first round, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning (who received the Rangers’ first round pick in the Callahan-St. Louis trade), the Stanley Cup champion LA Kings, and then the Devils.

The Blackhawks do not have a second round pick; they dealt what is the 58th overall selection to Phoenix for David Rundblad.

However, the Hawks own the 62nd overall pick (the second pick of the third round, from Florida for Brandon Pirri) and their own 3rd round pick (#88).

Chicago also owns the 93rd overall selection (the third pick of the fourth round); this pick was originally owned by the Oilers, but was traded to the Leafs (for Mike Brown) and eventually moved to the Hawks in the Dave Bolland trade last summer. The Blackhawks traded their fourth round pick (#118) to the Islanders for Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard; the Islanders later moved the pick to Washington for Jaroslav Halak.

Chicago has two picks in the fifth round as well, owning 141st and 148th overall selections. The Hawks acquired the 141st overall in a swap of picks with the Sharks at the 2013 Draft. San Jose traded a 2013 fourth round pick (#111 – Robin Norell) and a 2014 fifth round pick to Chicago for fourth and fifth round picks in the 2013 Draft (#117 – Fredrik Bergvik and #151 – Gage Ausmus).

The Hawks then own only their original picks in the sixth (#178) and seventh (#208) rounds.

So, in review, here are the Hawks’ picks in the 2014 NHL Draft:

1 (27)
3 (62) – from FLA for Pirri
3 (88)
4 (93) - from TOR for Bolland
5 (141) – from SJ for picks
5 (148)
6 (178)
7 (208)

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20 Responses to 2014 NHL Draft Preview: Where Will The Hawks Pick?

  1. wall says:

    Re: Rasmussen and Arvidsson (at Prospect camp)… Really like these finds/moves…
    Ras- seems like just the right guy the Hawks need size/PK/- and a Swede who can actually play 3rd/4th line (if needed- and if he can’t cut the top lines)… the last comment is from a person who has actually seen him play a few times (not me)…

    Arvidsson — the Kid looks a little “Kane/Gudreau’ish”- quick, shifty, darting w/ good shot… (of course this is from Hilites/Youtube… haven’t seen his Lowlites!!!)

    On the negative side-
    it is a little telling of the Lack of “ready Forward prospects with Rockford”-imo

    Tab- any rumors on who the Hawks are looking to draft in the 27th spot? I keep hearing Nick Schmaltz…

  2. Tab Bamford says:

    Schmaltz has been a popular name for sure. I’m working on that for a future piece, wall…

  3. Ernie says:

    Already anointing the Kings champions? Can’t say I disagree.

  4. EbonyRaptor says:

    It would be kind of whacky but I would take a goalie with every pick in this draft. The Hawks have forwards and d-men prospects coming out of their ears but as far as I know there is not one goalie in the pipeline that has NHL potential. The thing with goalies is they are probably even more hit or miss than forwards and d-men and therefore a strategy of get as many as you can and hope one of them is that diamond in the rough.

    The 27th pick in a weak draft will most likely be a guy that is projected to be a 3rd/4th line or 5/6 d-man and the Hawks are flush with those types of prospects. Raanta is not a sure thing and who knows if Crawford will be a #1 goalie for 6 more years. The weakness in the Hawks prospect pipeline is goalie and it needs to be addressed sooner than later because goalie prospects usually take years to hit their stride.

  5. Morgzie says:

    I know this isn’t exactly right, but it feels like we were 1 goal away from the Cup. Win that series against the Kings and we’re talking back to back Cups.

    On one hand, ouch!

    On the other hand, the Hawks are so good. The core is so, so solid. Even with the lack of that dominant 4th line we’ve seen in the past, they were oh, so close.

  6. Mike says:

    I heard a rumor that SB “might” consider Oduya, Hayes and our 1st round pick (27 overall) to Florida for the #1 pick in the draft overall, which Florida owns. Sounds like a lot to me BUT not crazy. With Tallon on the other end of the line, who knows???
    Not sure I would make that deal……yet. Funny, to me the sticking point is not Oduya or Hayes.

  7. Mike says:

    Any goalies as top 10 prospects????

  8. EbonyRaptor says:

    Mike, if Tallon would trade the #1 pick for Oduya, the rights to K.Hayes and the #27 pick – Stan would snatch it up before Dale sobered up.

    As for goalies in this draft – I don’t follow draft projections that closely to know. In some years the 27th pick would get the top rated goalie and in other years there may be one of two goalies selected by the time the 27th pick rolls around. Where there are usually 2 or 3, if not 4 or 5 skaters that are “can’t miss” prospects every draft, there are a lot fewer “can’t miss” goalie prospects. It’s just a whole lot harder to project what an 18 year old goalie will develop into than a forward or d-man. That’s why I say draft as many as you can and improve the odds on the crap shoot of finding a goalie that will develop into an NHL’er.

  9. HawksNation4All says:

    Great article. My first comment, just wanted to say thanks for all the good info on this site. I wish Blackhawks were picking last but oh well. A couple tweaks and the Kings won’t ever get to a game 7 with the Hawks next year. I guess we will just have to settle for three Cups in six years! Ha! Has anybody heard anything about the plans for the blueline this offseason/next year? I read that they think Dahlbeck is ready to be on the 3rd pairing and that Johns isn’t far behind. What about Clendening? That’s three good young d-men that seem ready to me. Future looks bright. If that’s the case could the BHawks be thinking of trading Oduya and/or some prospects like Danault, McNeil, etc. for a 2nd line Center? Could they maybe also get some picks for the draft from trading any vets? I loved the Saad-Shaw-Kane line but Shaw can’t take face-offs very well, and I think he would be awesome as a 3rd line wing and continue as front-of-net guy on the PP. Put 88 with Saad and another C with some size, cycling skills, and face-offs to dominate puck possession. That would make both the 2nd & 3rd lines stronger. Tab? Anbody else?

  10. Tab Bamford says:

    I think the addition of Rasmussen is a bit of a wild card, HawksNation4All. Does he have the skills to make the NHL roster? Does he fit as a potential 2C between 88 & 20? I’m with you in preferring Shaw at the wing, and have maintained that a third line of Bickell-Smith-Shaw could be dynamite. But that doesn’t solve the issue of who centers a second line. If Teravainen’s the guy, then I continue to believe the Hawks would want him between to larger, more defensively responsible wings (Sharp & Hossa) vs w/ Kane. Of course, that would push Kane back onto a line with Toews…. which is preferred by everyone but Quenneville.

    Lots of intriguing questions for the camp this fall – and it’s only June 11.

  11. Peter says:

    Tab, stop it. Stop making me see how damn amazing these lines would be.

    20-19-88
    10-TT-81
    29-28-65
    42-16-Morin

  12. Mike says:

    Peter, love those lines.
    But will TT be the guy? Be durable enough?
    What’s the plan if TT is just not ready?
    Will Q let Morin play?
    What about Bollig?
    Will we resign Regin as a 13th/14th forward? (hope so)
    Where is Versteeg? (You must have him traded)
    Where does Rasmussen fit in? (He will be 24 during the season)
    Do the Hawks even need to sign Hayes now? (With Rassmussen signed)
    It will be a VERY interesting Camp! But some changes are sure to happen.
    Hey, and this is only the offense.

  13. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    I love the NHL draft! From an organization standpoint this draft aligns nicely with the Hawks needs. The 2014 NHL drafts strength is forward and the Hawks organization strength is defense. If the Hawks want to move a defense man off the roster this is the year to do it.

    As for the net it sounds like their are 3 nice NHL prospects available in net (Thatcher) Demko, (Mason) McDonald, and (Ville) Husso. Although none of them are projected to be 1st rounders. I wouldn’t like the Hawks to go goalie with the 1st rounder but if any of these guys are available in the 3rd round 62nd pick I would be all for it. Its a shame SB had to waste a 2nd rounder on Runblad. I can’t see him ever developing into a NHL quality defender although I hope I am wrong.

  14. wall says:

    ER- you are usually a pretty solid poster… BUT – the goalie thing… NO!!!!

    You are right Goalies ARE hard to find… And that is the very reason- they Shouldn’t go looking… waste of time… let them develop in Euro… then swipe em.

    Secondly, You (like most) are over estimating the Hawk’s Forward Prospects… Like I said- Hawk’s D prospects look more able/sooner than the Forward group… SB- senses this and is now searching overseas for more “experienced/Pro/Euro’s”…

    Mike- I like your Rumor… Hawks will be losing 27 anyway, Hayes (doesn’t seem like Hawks are his 1st choice (so might lose anyway)… So basically SB trading ONLY one year of 27 service!!!)- this trade should be a no-brainer for Hawks!!!

    Mike- I am guessing the Rasmussen sign- means KHayes is probably not in picture…
    also- I really have a good feeling that Rasmussen will “pan” out and am optimistic about this other “flash” Arvidsson- ( youtube- Viktor Arvidsson… kid has some speed/skill)- hope Hawks can land him too.

  15. EbonyRaptor says:

    Wall – I did say it was a whacky idea and I don’t really expect that the Hawks will take a goalie with every pick they have but I do think that having more goalies than less increases the odds that one of them will pan out. Snagging one out of Europe is a good idea too but the ones with the most promise get drafted and simply stay in Europe to develop.

    As far as over estimating the Hawks forward prospects – I don’t but I also don’t think that whatever player the Hawks select at #27 (as well as later picks) will be projected any higher than they guys they already have. So as long as nothing is guaranteed picking that late in the first round – might as well stock up on the thinnest part or the prospect pipeline – which is far and away goaltending.

  16. Sr. Brad says:

    First, let’s remember that the Hawks have not only a good scouting, drafting, and signing FA’s team, they also have created a good system of player development. I understand where Wall is coming from with some of his concerns about the Hawk’s forward prospects, but I think that he’s undervaluing them, especially when you look at the Hawks existing roster for about the next 3-5 years.

    Toews and Kane are about to be signed to contracts that will likely make them Hawks for the rest of their careers, so that’s done. Hossa is signed until the year 3030, so I am assuming the Hawks are counting on him playing for at least another 2 or 3 seasons…and when Hossa leaves, we have developed our own “homegrown” version of him in Brandon Saad. Patrick Sharp isn’t young, but he’s not old and is in tremendous shape…he just signed a BIG, long term deal and contrary to “sexy” rumours, isn’t going anywhere. Bryan Bickell is one of the best forwards in the entire NHL over the last 2 post seasons, has healthy knees for the first time in a while, and signed a lucrative long term deal…so he’s here. Andrew Shaw has proved invaluable, and since he changed his F/O stance, his % has been over 50, including throughout the playoffs (where it really matters) and against the Kings (the best F/O team in the league)…his new deal kicks in this coming season, so he’s here. Bowman has said that Kris Versteeg is coming back, Ben Smith is about to sign his new longer term deal, Kruger is signed and it sounds like the Hawks will sign Jeremy Morin as well. So, what’s left?

    If Shaw skates, as the Hawks have intimated, as the 2nd line Centre (and why not, he had 20 goals in his first full season) then we need a 3rd line centre, who could potentially skate as the 2nd line centre, and someone to challenge both Versteeg and Bollig to produce on the 4th line. Well, if Shaw is your 2nd line Centre, then Ben Smith or TT is your 3rd line Centre, and Nordstrom and the newly signed Rasmussen are your players to push for more depth and production on the 4th line with Ben Smith graduating from it.

    So again, who do we need now or even 3 years from now? Even if TT doesn’t stick this coming season, he will the next year. Jeremy Morin was the BEST forward in the AHL this past season, without a doubt…and his play over the last 2 weeks of the regular season, along with Bickell, was the best on the Hawks. He has already shown at the NHL level that he can skate well, that he plays with a high Corsi # and thus plays the puck possession game well, he’s physical, goes to the net, and is a better playmaker than we had first thought…the kid can play. So not matter how Q rotates those top 3 lines, they are loaded, and by subtracting Handzus from the mix, we will be better, and we likely should have won the Cup again this season.

    Now, in Rockford, with Morin and Smith already up and Pirri and Hayes gone, the new “regime” takes over. TT is at the head of it, and is considered one of the BEST NHL prospects league wide. Then you have Garret Ross. He’s already 21…he just finished his first full pro season, and was likely the most consistent forward the Hogs had this year. He produced at a .5 p,pg rate, he lead the team in hits, he had a high +/- number, he plays the puck possession game well as he is so strong on the puck, he can skate very well, and is one of the smartest positional players I have ever seen at a non NHL level. He will be ready sometime this coming season if needed, or boiling over for the following season as a bottom 6 forward. With the way Phillip Danault finished the season playing with Ross, there is no doubt that he will be ready in a similar time fashion to Ross, also as a bottom 6 forward. And Ryan Hartman became a pro late in the season with Rockford, and he was part of that great line with Danault and Ross…Hartman was OUTSTANDING in every aspect of his game, and this after a long, tough season with his Jr. team. There is no doubt he’s an NHL’er, and likely ready inside of 2 years as a bottom 6 forward but with huge potential to fit nicely into the top 6.

    There’s a bunch of other guys I could talk about as well like Kevin Hayes and McNeil, but what’s the point??? We haven’t the room and there’s already a number of can’t miss forward prospects (granted bottom 6) just about ready. And none of this takes into account Matt Carey, the St. Lawrence University star that Bowman signed and played a couple of games for us and scored a goal this season. He has the size and speed to play against the Kings, and between the Hawks and Kings that’s 4 Cups in 5 seasons…the other team being Boston, who are BIG as well.

    We are loaded…this coming draft for the Hawks sees Bowman with absolutely NO PRESSURE to fill a spot anywhere, except as ER said, in goal, and that’s years away. If Bowman could wrangle a deal to get a higher 1st round pick for our first, Oduya and the negotiating rights to Hayes, he should do it…there, he could take a bit of a chance on a player with elite talent, but perhaps one drawback and have time to work with that kid. We are in a tremendous position going forward and we have already won 2 Cups in 4 years, and should have won another this year…not bad.

  17. Travis says:

    Nice summary. Will be fun to follow Bowman’s moves. We’ve got one of the top 3 GMs in the game, and one of the best scouting teams. Total faith.

    Off-topic, but how nice was it to see LA NOT get the bounces in game 4 for once? It almost certainly doesn’t matter, but I’m hoping Lady Luck snakebites them like that three more times. As long as I’m dreaming, a fluky Ranger OT game 7 winner in LA’s barn would be poetic.

  18. Sr. Brad says:

    If the Hawks do roll the Saad-Shaw-Kane line, then I think the other lines play out like this…if TT sticks, a good spot for him would be between Bickell and Ben Smith on the 3rd line…a great spot for him to work on his defensive game and be protected with solid players and only 12-15 minutes a night of playing time.

    Sharp-Toews-Hossa
    Saad-Shaw-Kane
    Bickell-TT-Smith
    Versteeg-Kruger-Bollig/Nordstrom/Rasmussen/Carey

    Keith-Hammer
    Seabrook-Leddy
    Rozy-Clendening/Dahlbeck/Runverybad

    Crawford-Raanta (who has to play more this season as a backup)

  19. morrison says:

    If T is ready for the 2nd 40games, then Morin with 29 & 28 in first half.

    Nordy get on the Rocky IV training program in the Russia mountains.

  20. Sr. Brad says:

    Good call Mo…TT and Nordy should hang out and lift weights for the entire summer…daytime and night time.

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