Blackhawks Select Jake Wise

With the 69th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks select center Jake Wise.

Jake Wise
DOB: 02/28/00
Shoots: Left
5-10, 195

Wise is committed to play at Boston University next season, where he will be a teammate of Blackhawks defense prospect Chad Krys.

Ranked #22 by Corey Pronman (The Athletic)
Ranked #38 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #52 by TSN/McKenzie
Ranked #40 by HockeyProspect.com
Ranked #63 by Future Considerations
Ranked #45 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #62 by McKeen’s Hockey

Pronman scouting report from The Athletic:

  • Skating: 55
  • Puck Skills: 60
  • Physical Game: 35
  • Hockey sense: 60

“Wise has been one of the most touted players in his age group for years. He’s no longer a true elite prospect, but he’s still a very good one. After returning from a first-half injury, he was very good for the USNTDP. To start, he’s quite skilled. He’s coordinated handling the puck and can make defenders miss. He also shows very good two-way IQ. One may even say he’s — Wise beyond his years. I apologize for nothing. Wise can set up tough plays and can play center competently in his own end. He’s not an overly physical kind of guy, but he works hard to cover his checks and can PK. Wise has a very good shot, but on a team with Wahlstrom, he’s been delegated as more of a playmaker at the NTDP and stylistically I think he prefers to make a play as opposed to take the shot. His feet are not great for his size, but he has an above-average top gear and a decent first step.

USNTDP U18 coach Seth Appert said: “World-class hockey player. He plays 200 feet. He’s good offensively. He’s competitive, physical, wins draws, plays well on the power play. He’s so valuable.'”

10 thoughts on “Blackhawks Select Jake Wise

  1. Reading about him and watching highlights shows he is another +skater. That seems to be the theme for the Hawks – drafting players who can really skate well. He is only 5’10” but at 195lbs he certainly isn’t “small”. He’s vision and passing make him an excellent PP QB on the half wall or as the 4th forward playing left point. His edge skating and lateral quickness makes him a good PK guy. The USNTDP team had Farrabee-Hughes-Wahlstrom as their first line with Wise being the 2nd line center as well as being on the 1st PP unit.

  2. Tab, thanks for all of the info on Wise and all of the other picks. How can anyone not like this pick? Would not be surprised to see him wearing an Indian head in a couple/few years. Wondering why did so many teams pass on him?

    Have been critical of Bowman through the years but believe that his first three picks have been outstanding.

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