Markus Niemeläinen

2016 NHL Draft Preview: Blackhawks Options

Earlier this summer we broke down the draft picks owned by each team in the Central Division. Since that post, the Blackhawks traded Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell to Carolina and brought back two picks, including the 50th overall selection this weekend.

Now that the Hawks have moved back into the second round, who are some of the players the Hawks might consider at the 2016 NHL Draft?

Here are a few names to remember before Friday.

Cam Dineen, D, North Bay (OHL)
5-11, 183
2015-16 season: 68 games, 13 goals, 46 assists, 59 points

Markus Niemeläinen, D, Saginaw (OHL) photo
6-6, 190
2015-16 season: 65 games, 1 goal, 26 assists, 27 points

Sean Day, D, Mississauga (OHL)
6-2, 228
2015-16 season: 57 games, 6 goals, 16 assists, 22 points

Sam Steel, C, Regina (WHL)
5-11, 178
2015-16 season: 72 games, 23 goals, 47 assists, 70 points

Mitchell Mattson, C, Bloomington (USHL)
6-4, 186
2015-16 season: 25 games, 17 goals, 29 assists, 46 points – Grand Rapids HS
2015-16 season: 21 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 2 points – Bloomington (USHL)

Will Lockwood, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)
5-11, 172
2015-16 season: 60 games, 13 goals, 20 assists, 33 points

Filip Gustavsson, G, Lulea Jr (Sweden)
6-2, 185
2015-16 season: 20 games, .893 save pct, 3.22 goals against

5 thoughts on “2016 NHL Draft Preview: Blackhawks Options

  1. Tab- Any thoughts on some of the first round talent that would be good fits for the Hawks? With Mocks starting to circulate, I was curious if you think there is anyone worth trading up for?

    Riley Tufte and Max Jones seem to be 2 guys I wouldnt mind seeing. both have size and ACTUALLY USE IT.

    Niemeläinen is pictured above, but I think we would need to currently trade up to get him. I dont see him falling to 50. Dineen and Day are the names im expecting at pick 50.

  2. Day can skate with the best-he was touted as a can’t miss guy who has missed so far. All the tools and worth the risk, but should be gone before Hawks?

  3. Noonan96-never seen kid play… sounds like Great Hawk skater type???

    also- sounds like the 2nd coming of Runblad!!!

    although he is not scared of contact…(unlike Rbad)
    pretty horrible +/- for a kid who is supposed to be “A” skater with size…

    so either his Team/system sucks… or kid is Not bright

    but -what I read… Steal or Bust!!!???
    then again for late 2nd rd. pick… what do u have to lose?

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