2017 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Select Defenseman Henri Jokiharju

The Blackhawks traded down with their first round pick, moving from 26 to 29 in a deal with the Dallas Stars. Chicago also received a third round pick (#70) in the deal.

With the 29th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks selected defenseman Henri Jokiharju.

Henri Jokiharju
DOB: 6/17/1999 – Tampere, Finland
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 170
Shoots: Right
2016-17: Portland Winterhawks (WHL) – 71 games, 9 goals, 39 assists

Ranked #19 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #29 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #29 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #35 by Future Considerations
Ranked #31 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #34 by TSN/McKenzie

60 thoughts on “2017 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Select Defenseman Henri Jokiharju

  1. The rare right shot finnish dman. Hawks now have 2. Apparently they were trying to resign Pokka.

    Ryan effing Reaves just got the Blues a 1st round pick and a prospect. It is official… Jim Rutherford is senile…or heavily intoxicated.

  2. That trade definitely is a headscratcher. When da Hawks traded down with Dallas I assumed they’d take Oettinger. Are you disappointed, Ernesto?

  3. I had Oettinger on my list also, nice developmental goaltender who would have time to get his game in order for the NHL. I liked Klim Kostin also who went to the Blues at 31 and big winger Issac Ratcliffe who went undrafted in round 1. Though most had him ranked in the top 30. Never know with these kids, time will tell.

  4. Got a free 8th in 3rd for the same guy we were going to pick at 26. Shit like that gets us back one of those picks we used at deadlines.

  5. Hawks just got their goalie of the future in Forsberg from Columbus.

    They might also sign Cal Petersen of Notre Dame. Both goalies are ahead of Jake O from Boston U.

  6. Congrats to the kid. Would have preferred a bigger d-man. Hopefully a few more trades tomorrow by the hawks.

  7. Apparently Dallas didnt learn their lesson. Then again this group wasnt around when they drafted Jack Campbell in the first round.

  8. Obviously had him targeted and new they could get him and get a latet pick or something else for the trade but sti?l a good depth move Its been an interesting day although a little slow tonight.

  9. The biggest unknowns for the Hawks success over the next few years in my mind are:

    1. Is Murphy a top 4 D man?
    2. Is Debrincat a top 6 forward?
    3. Can Keith and Seabrook still get it done?
    4. Can we get a good replacement for Hossa with his LTIR cap savings?

    One other issue I think is missed with the Hawks is a lack of a good shot from the point on the powerplay. Keith and Seabrook have not been getting it done back there. Can any of the young guys get it done going forward?

    Hoping for the best! I’m not ready to jump onto the Vegas bandwagon just yet!

  10. How today plays out next year remains to be seen but no doubt Bowman has just put the Blackhawks in the conversation( made them the team to beat, you heard it here 1st) with the Oilers and Leafs for the next 4 or 5 years

  11. re: BLS

    1. Murphy averaged over 19 min/gm last year. Not on a team the caliber of Chicago, but we’ll get to see what Ulf Samuelsson can do with some young defensemen this year with Murphy, Forsling, Rutta and Kempny.

    2. DeBrincat might be a top-6 forward – but it might not be in 2017-18. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Saad-Toews-Panik and Schmaltz-Anisimov-Kane to open the season.

    3. Keith & Seabrook have always been better together. More questions with the mix in the bottom two pairs than the two vets on top of the depth chart.

    4. The Hawks traded for Hossa’s replacement on Friday. His name is Brandon Saad. They need the kids to step up their game – esp in April, May and June. You don’t replace Hossa with one player and you certainly don’t find someone w/ his skillset on the open market and get him for $5M.

    re: shot from the point on PP – they need to deploy Kempny more. He has a big shot.

  12. Debrincat spends the year in Rockford.

    Putting Hossa on LTIR means the Hawks are cap compliant opening night. Makes it impossible to use his dollars for a start of season replacement.

    Murphy is a top 4. See Tabs Twitter. Asked if Forsling and Murphy could be Keith and Seabrook 2.o

    Panik led the Hawks with 147 hits. Murphy had 201.

  13. Shouldnt forget about Forsling’s shot either. Its not as heavy as Kempny’s but its quick and beautiful to watch.

  14. Barry Rozner’s column is excellent. Right on the money. Bowman had to do what he had to do. Ruthlessly objective day of work by Stan. His critics should take note.

  15. Ernie agree Debrincat won’t be a big factor this year but hopefully will in 18/19. I think Murphy will be a keeper and Samuelson will take 42 and 6 to the next level and make Rutta ir Pokka a nhl Dman too and maybe get a next seasons ufa during the year to help oùt.

  16. It’s gonna be fun again for sure-
    Debrincat, Hayden, Jurco(?), Hinostrosa, Hartman- all the young guns, all the “post Toews/Kane era players of the future! Question is still “are the D ready to play Hawks hockey? Are Seab’s, Kruger staying? Can we find another Darling? Will be fun to watch this year for sure

  17. Forsling has that luke skywalker point shot, it gets on net without the targeting device.

  18. I’m fine with all these moves. The reality is that Bowman has to put together a roster so good just to make sure Q doesnt have the option of dressing the wrong players in the playoffs. Its like playing cards where the only way you can win is if your dealt 4 aces. Q sucked against Nashville in the playoffs. People need to be honest about it. With the exception of the teravainen deal I think bowman is doing a good job.

  19. Its a fair point that the hawks were not going to beat nashville regardless. of coaching. But it should have been closer. Hawks should have beaten St Louis two years ago. It took Q 5 games to figure out who to play in that series and by the time he figured that out the Hawks were in elimination games. Anything can happen once the margin is down to one game and anything did happen in game 7 against St louis. Hawks had the better team and should have won that series.

  20. Craig- I agree on Goalies– Petersen ND- really liked him – hope he signs
    Forsberg- solid #’s and improvement in AHL

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Eric Gustafson paired with Murphy (or at least get chance)
    Gus has great offensive instincts /vision… I haven’t seen Murphy enough to comment on his game… but… maybe they compliment each other.

    One of the things- I hope the Hawks are/will be better at with Saad/Murphy/???
    is transitioning/and getting the puck out of their zone… not getting hemmed in…

    I feel like the younger and smaller players are usually worse than the older/and bigger guys… hoping Hawks can add one or two more Middle of the road guys (both age and salary)… who can really help the Hawks- transition and look faster- and escape their own zone with speed- and make other teams pay for trying to pressure the Hawks… really thought that was missing last year.

  21. Wall the knock against Murphy has been consistency hopefully Samuelsson can help there and he actually has been credited with more blocked shots than Hammer over the last 3 seasons. Not much offense a defence first guy and supposed to be a decent passer.

  22. Seems to have good speed for that size.

    Want to add more like Walls referring too. 1-2 yr deals.

  23. Good speed to go with size and played a physical game on top pair in Arizona avg. over 19 mins/game and seems to play an energetic transition game well.

  24. Brandon Saad will be a good replacement for Hossa. Plays a solid 200 foot game, is faster, younger and will most likely put up more points. The problem will be who replaces Panarin’s elite scoring? Will we see a decline in Kane’s production? Panarin and Kane were magic together.

  25. Keep an eye on the resignings of rfa’s Jurco, Moose, Pokka & Forsberg. If these are over one year deals they could limit the amount of ltir space that can be used if Hossa stays. Can’t go over 75m for contracts on the books next year counting Hossa caphit and no big contracts coming off.

  26. We should not forget that we have a kid call Fortin ..i really think he will be playing for the Hawks this year …probably at the end of the season for the last 15-25 games or maybe earlier because Q like him ….
    Like i said before ….they had to make a big splash and they did ,i was not surprise at all with Panarin leaving but really surprise to see Saad coming backnd i am Happy with the move …Sadd will play with Captain …he is strong ,good 2 way player ,solid on is skate ,can hit,can place himself in front of the net ,can play PP can play SH …and IQ love him ……
    Disapointed to see Motte leaving but they need A Goalie to back Crow …its not sure he can do the job now but he will be available during the Season
    The Biggest change will be on the blue line with 2-3-4 young Players … Q with his new asssitant behind the bench will need toe patient and will need to find a way to get more puck possession and will now have a young dman who love to Hit in Murphy .
    Now that the big Trade is done we can still see 1 or two smallest trade that can impact …
    The Hawks made MAJORS move in the past 2-3 weeks in Chicago and in Rockford ( i am really glad they change the coach in Rockford ,i tought they would have done that last year ???? Why did they decide to keep the same coach last year was a nonsense i think but i am just a nobody so ??. …just hope that the new coaches and new players can build the New younger Hawks Team. Hope the new coaches and new younger players can reach the playoff in AHL next Season .
    We will probably see many new kids from Rockford next season …Dcat will for sure play 4-6-8 games to see what he can do but he his not ready yet for the big league…
    Fortin is my choice to make the team on the second half of the season .
    Sorry guys for my bad english …hope everybody understand. ;)

  27. Hawks1961 is right again. If you believe that Saad replaces Hossa then great. Who replaces Panarin on Kane’s line?

    Everyone seems to agree Debrincat won’t be ready next year (if ever). A great opportunity for Schmaltz but he is no Panarin. A decline in Kane’s production is inevitable. Hopefully it is 5 to 10 points and not 15.

    My hope is that the D is sound enough as is so they can eventually use Hossa’s 4 to 5m to add a top 6 forward.

  28. Unless Stan pulls a miracle these hawks a 2 years from being anything close to 2009 team. No proven NHL backup. No 3&4 proven checking & scoring lines and who will step up to be in front of net. Defense is untested now. Relax don’t expect dominance and bask in the glory days

  29. Panarin trade was to help out capt cry baby. And now u lost the most dangerous line in hockey . And a solid shoot out scorer. Which this new team will have plenty now.

  30. Panarin is a rather one dimensional offensive player. I’ll say this again. Any sane hockey mind would take Saad over Panarin 100 times out of 100 for the Blackhawks. Watch the last two postseasons for sobering proof of that. Bowman engineered a great trade, period.

    As Roznee points out, the Hawks had no answer for the speed, burst and physicality of some teams last year, to include Nashville in the playoffs. The bet on Murphy is a smart one and a needed one. TVR was too limited and too slow. Hjalmarsson has a lot of miles on those skates and is slowing. The Hawks sold high on the great Swedish warrior.

    Of course there will be growing pains on defense next season. At times I expect things to be downright ugly in fact. But then moves on defense had to be made and the Hawks didn’t just throw a band aid to the situation but rather underwent major surgery.

    I don’t know how good we will be in 2017-18. But we are a better club for the future after yesterday. And that’s what Bowman had to address. The key becomes watching the development t of the kids on defense and hoping beyond hope that Schmaltz, Fortin, and Hartman can take the next step. Hayden, Hinostroza, Kero, Jurco are simply temporary filler that the Hawks will rely upon as cheap answers. Key also is some of rhe kids in the system need to develop and become contributors within two years. DeBrindicat does nothing for me by the way. He is a NHL novelty act at best.

  31. On this new draft pick lets follow him closely for years through the minors, talk about how he’s going to be great, have him play with the Hawks and make an impact and then give him away in order to unload a bad contract when the team isnt good enough to get out of the first round anyway and to make room for a veteran who cant skate anymore. Oops. that already happened. Its called the teravainen trade.

  32. Rufus…”Any sane hockey mind would take Saad over Panarin 100 times out of 100 for the Blackhawks”. I love Saad but that is a fricking crazy comment. Stupid really.

    They are both great players. It’s like comparing Toews to Kane.

  33. Dead on Pete. With comment and for firefly 1 & 2 lines are score n lines 2 was the best in hockey. Maybe Towes should of seen writing on wall with Hossa sooner and suggested in practice diff replacements . Doesn’t matter. Lost key players Shaw teuvo Breadman. Gave Daly away for what ?Stan fault being generous contracts Seabs Bickel. And keeps Rosie & too too. Really.

  34. Like the Barratt pick… from what I could find… couple people who have seen lot’s of him- had him as a BIG sleeper pick from the U.S. Program… months ago.

    Highend IQ, + skater, Always in the right place, under- rated passer

    Also- like what I read on Soderlund… really gets in on forecheck, great skater

    Both seem like Over-achievers… Kind of like Fortin kid… who forechecks like his hair is on fire… all three- seem like – “Shaw-type” … over achievers- w/ High Hockey IQ , and great motors… just need One of them to Hit!!! (when picked that low/or FA)

  35. The average size of an NHL player last year was 6′ 1″” and 202 pounds. I wish we’d draft some bigger guys especially on the back end. I remember in the 2012 draft both TT and Olli Maatta dropped way down and were available when we picked at 18. I was hoping we picked Maatta as we needed to fill the pipeline at the back. It would have been a great pick. I get that the game has shifted to speed and skill, but I just think Stan leans too far in that direction and away from size.

  36. BLS I think it came down to replacing Panarin from within was easier than replacing Hossa not who is better.
    Now no current high end contracts to deal with four years. Agree with Rufus next year might be a tough year but there is possibilities for the future.

  37. Problem with future is just that. They kept trading away future. For bandage and now we’re left with 4 aging stars

  38. Slammer with no 7 figure contracts expiring in next 4 years except Panik if /when Kruger is moved that shouldn’t be a issue. Kempny only ufa that could need a raise next year and Hartman, Hayden & and Hino rfas shouldn’t cause any major issues unless one of them has a monster year.

  39. Dont forget an extra 3 million to use as they wont have any insane overages. If they can sweeten the Hossa contract for somebody and trade Kruger that would be 11 million and change come next June they wouldnt have had…and thats without the cap increasing.

  40. I agree with u guys completely It’s rough to know that we’re building again & hoping these guys over achieve and make something out of the season so we’re at least entertained ! At least we’re not the bears ? We need personalities too for swagger and confidence to get kids jumping !

  41. Yes moving Hossa hit would be huge for just freeing it up and not have to work around it. Ernie I think the only bonuses right now are Scmaltz and Hino $857,500 quite a change from last 2 years.

  42. Guys not disagree, trying not to use the word replace, but Saader can play Hoss role as good as any in league. Saader can get about same goals/points as Bread Man. Bread Man get more points/top 10 but the goals are same 30/25.

    So the way I look at it is, not that were/we have to replace a top 10 point players but that we need those 2 roles filled.

    Which Saader can play role of Hoss top notch two way playoff hockey style and get about same goals/a few less points as Bread Man. Which means, then we need another top 6 guy that can get the same/similar amount of goals/points as Hoss normally does and that player doesn’t have to be 5/10 180 and flag football no touch. I donot think Bread Man is not strong, he is a fighter dude and will fight back/fist fight.

    Got
    elite two way player- Hoss/Saader
    25/30 goal scorer- Bread Man/Saader

    Need
    top6 fw- Bread Man/
    20/25 goal scorer- Hoss/

  43. Plus I want Kaner coming/doing his magic, not making fools/toast other teams defense. Kaner can make any player/line better. Even though need production. Its prob better for 4 lines when Kaner is playing like that. Unpredictable to who he passes too, magic, open guy. Its hard because Bread Man is fun guy.

    Were at where were at and I want to see Kaner play like he did when it was 29/19/88. Balls out, big lines against big lines and then no one can stop this little guy named Kane.

  44. Ian/Ernie, that’s the thing were going to such a good position salary cap wise going forward we can cover the young guys raises and add add add add when ever we want. Let it build, young guys coming on each yr, then bang you add your Madden/the Hoss exchange/Frozal/Hands/Richy/Vermette, etc. We wont need to trade a Terravainen again.

    We are building another wave for the core guys 3-7 prime yrs left.

  45. This is an exciting time because we know were better team for coming yrs and will get better each yr/stacked again. Instead of being a favorite and not playing as good as we are for the first time since we had our team. Our organization know what their doing and usually holds on a little longer then you want/just incase we win again then. Then when its time, our guys know when its time to take your hits all at once and reload/Calvary/wave. This transition is were we really turn the corner and not look back.

  46. Agree Mo shouldn’t have to sacrifice roster to make salary cap after they get this year’s plan in the rearview for 3 or 4 years after that.

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