The 2020 NHL Draft begins Tuesday evening.
Five teams have multiple picks in the first round, highlighted by Ottawa holding three picks – two of which are in the top five overall. The New Jersey Devils also own three picks (7, 18, 20). The Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers own two picks each as well.
By viture of their advancing into the first round of the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks are on the clock with the 17th overall selection.
Over the past week we have highlighted eight players the Blackhawks might consider when they’re on the clock. Last year we were the only outlet that correctly predicted the Blackhawks would select Kirby Dach third overall. Picking who the Hawks will take at 17 is a much tougher proposition; there are many moving pieces and picks in play before the Hawks are on the clock.
However, let’s walk through how the first round may play out this evening.
- New York Rangers – Alexis Lafreniere, LW
- Los Angeles Kings – Quinton Byfield, C
- Ottawa Senators (from SJS) – Tim Stutzle, LW
- Detroit Red Wings – Cole Perfetti, C
- Ottawa Senators – Anton Lundell, C
- Anaheim Ducks – Lucas Raymond, LW
- New Jersey Devils – Yaroslav Askarov, G
- Buffalo Sabres – Marco Rossi, C
- Minnesota Wild – Dylan Holloway, C
- Winnipeg Jets – Jamie Drysdale, D
- Nashville Predators – Seth Jarvis, C
- Florida Panthers – Alexander Holtz, RW
- Carolina Hurricanes (from TOR) – Connor Zary, C
- Edmonton Oilers – Justin Barron, D
- Toronto Maple Leafs (from PIT) – Jack Sanderson, D
- Montreal Canadiens – Jacob Perreault, RW
- Chicago Blackhawks – Jack Quinn, RW
- New Jersey Devils (from ARZ) – Rodion Amirov, LW
- Calgary Flames – Braden Schneider, D
- New Jersey Devils (from VAN via TB) – Ridly Greig, C
- Columbus Blue Jackets – Brendan Brisson, C
- New York Rangers (from CAR) – Noel Gunler, RW
- Philadelphia Flyers – Sam Colangelo, RW
- Washington Capitals – Dawson Mercer, C
- Colorado Avalanche – Mavrik Bourque, C
- St. Louis Blues – Maxim Groshev, RW
- Anaheim Ducks (from BOS) – Hendrix Lapierre, C
- Ottawa Senators (from NYI) – Kaiden Guhle, D
- Vegas Golden Knights – Jeremie Poirier, D
- Dallas Stars – Tyson Foerster, RW
- San Jose Sharks (from TB) – Marat Khusnutdinov, C
Why Jack Quinn?
In this mock draft, there are some intriguing names still on the board when the Blackhawks are on the clock. Amirov, Greig, Brisson (whose father is the agent of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews) and Mercer are all strong possibilities for the Blackhawks if they’re available.
But, given the players available in this scenario, Quinn would be the best choice for the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks need to improve their top-nine forwards in a big way, and it doesn’t appear there’s adequate depth in the organization to make that happen. Kane and Toews aren’t getting younger; Dach will become the face of the next generation of Blackhawks quickly, but he’s still young.
Quinn is responsible defensively and plays all three zones effectively. Quinn is a physical forward in the way Brandon Saad is; he won’t lead the team in hits but he uses his body to get/shield the puck fairly well.
Most importantly, Quinn can find the back of the net. His 52 goals ranked second in the OHL and he has a really good, quick release.
Quinn, who would have been 18 if the draft were held at its usual time in late-June, is already listed at six feet tall and almost 180 pounds, giving him a good body to grow into as well. Chicago needs to score, but a little size wouldn’t hurt.
Quinn would be an ideal compliment to Dach moving forward. If he’s available at 17, the Blackhawks should strongly consider making him the newest member of the organization.