2020 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Select Lukas Reichel

With the 17th overall selection in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks selected German winger Lukas Reichel.

Lukas Reichel
LW
6-0, 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Ranked #43 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #33 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #31 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #33 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #38 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #11 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
Ranked #41 by DOBBERPROSPECTS/ROBINSON
Ranked #20 by TSN/McKenzie

From Steve Kournianos (TheDraftAnalyst.com):

“A strategy that involved the drafting of defensemen with three consecutive first-round picks between 2017 and 2018 has now shifted towards the offense, where Reichel joins center Kirby Dach and Alex DeBrincat at the top of Chicago’s list of premier young forwards. Reichel is a mature young man who certainly knows what do with the puck in both open ice and in close quarters. His goal-scoring abilities and stickhandling will become an instant hit once Blackhawks fans get to see him participate in the prospect camps.”

From Chris Peters (ESPN):

“Players on the front end of what I think will be a rapidly progressing development curve fascinate me. Looking at the season Reichel put together in 2019-20 leads me to believe he’s on an NHL trajectory with some added time building strength and pace. The hand skills and hockey sense are sensational. His creativity is off the charts. There’s no fear or apprehension in his game. Sure, he looks every bit of his age (17) right now, but there’s still time for him to mature physically. Assuming his skill and speed maintain, he has a chance to be a pretty good NHL player.

“Reichel is interesting because there’s a chance he could go in the top 15 or not until the second round, based on the opinions I’ve heard. I’m obviously on the higher side. He’s a skilled wing who produced at a high rate for his age in a league I think is far better than it’s given credit for. Reichel has a high-end, deceptive release on his shot, and he can shoot off the rush with accuracy. Those skills project very favorably to being able to score at the next level. Only Marco Sturm and Marcel Goc scored more goals than Reichel’s 12 in their under-18 seasons in the DEL.

“And I actually think Reichel’s playmaking ability might be even better than his release. The quickness with which he makes his decisions, including smart passes in traffic or on the rush, stands out. Despite his relatively slight frame, he gets into the hard areas of the ice and isn’t afraid to get to the front of the net. After maybe another year in Europe and perhaps another season or two in the AHL, Reichel could be a really effective winger with a chance to grow into a top-six role down the line if everything breaks just right.”

From Corey Pronman (The Athletic):

Reichel had an impressive season playing versus men and getting regular minutes in the DEL for a good club in Eisbaren Berlin. I always saw some skill and speed in his game, but this season I saw a high level of creativity with the puck, making difficult plays through defenders and to his teammates. He has the skill and the pace to score in the NHL. I wouldn’t call him the true playmaker you want running a power play, but he sees the ice well and gets a high IQ grade due to how well he creates in small areas. The last time he recorded a penalty was two seasons ago in junior club play, but I don’t think he’s soft. I’ve seen him be hard on his puck pursuits, drive the net frequently and win battles versus bigger players. But it would be fair to say he’s not a very physical or edgy player.

Tobias Abstreiter, coach of Germany’s U20 team, on Reichel: “With the puck, he knows what to do. He brings speed and a high skill level.”

Pronman’s thoughts: Reichel kept trending up as the season went along. He excited teams as a player with a ton of above-average or better attributes. He can skate and make skilled plays at the NHL level, excelled versus men and did well at the world juniors. He looks like a player with the tools and makeup to become a top-six forward in the NHL.

From Chris Peters (ESPN):

“Reichel is another player with projections and opinions all over the map, but generally, there are a lot of positives in his game. The first: He has great hands and creativity. In averaging 0.57 points per game, only Marcel Goc, Marco Sturm and Tim Stutzle had better numbers in their U18 seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Reichel creates space and can extend plays. He needs to get a lot stronger, but even though he can be outmuscled, he doesn’t shy away from puck battles. He makes really smart reads with the puck on his stick and processes the game quickly. The hands, passing and offensive sense all put him in position to have success at the next level.”

From EliteProspects:

“He’s an unrelenting forechecker & backchecker, never gives up on a play, and wins battles through second efforts. Reichel is a pretty capable puck-handler too, even at top-speed carrying the puck through a defender’s triangle, showing a predilection for outside-in maneuvers, and deploying weight shifts to avoid contact.”

74 thoughts on “2020 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Select Lukas Reichel

  1. Too small and a long term project.There were more developed players available.The panel on Nbcsn struggled to say anything very positive.6 ft 170 pounds.Great!

  2. Awesome, another in a long line of undersized, defensively handicapped forwards. Thought we already had the market cornered on those.

  3. Not sure how 6-0, 170 is “undersized” but okay…

    Chris Peters @ ESPN had the Blackhawks selecting Reichel. He has a top-six high end which means he’ll be a solid 3rd line fwd here in 3 years.

    I would have gone with Mercer or Zary but here we are.

  4. LOL, you want Gretzky at #17. SMH people bitch to bitch. Unrelenting forechecker and backchecker is exactly what this team needs. See how it plays out before you complain

  5. fwiw I’ve seen this kid compared to John Tavares (NHL) and Mike Hoffman (Pronman)…. so maybe we hit the pause button on writing the kid off just because Bowman picked him

  6. I said I’d be happy as long as it wasn’t a smurf or a reach. Maybe this guy isn’t a smurf but it seems like a reach. I got the same feeling with this one as I did with Boqvist and Beaudin – Stan trying to prove he is smarter than everyone else (he isn’t).

    We’ll see.

  7. His hockey IQ and skill give him potential, well scouted by Blackhawks, played against him last year in preseason exhibition game in Europe and feel he is best player available. Doesn’t play a physical or strong game but when he bulks up may have enough size not to be ragdolled. Hopefully tomorrow some bigger physical need addressed in next 3 picks.

  8. I enjoy reading the hot takes on guys nobody knows a thing about. Same critics were apoplectic when Stan took Dach at 3 last year.

    You’d think it would be prudent to wait to see if they pan out but apparently there are a lot of people out there who want to get their names out there in the “blame Stan” game. Don’t hear much about the Dach pick from this crowd any more.

  9. hope everyone who enjoyed the immediate gratification of the edmonton series victory is still riding that dubious high. they are still the same shitty, best players aging, non playoffs deserving team they showed they were all season, but now drafting in a much worse position. askarov was on the board when they would have been drafting sans the edmonton victory.

    but at least we got another smurf. a taller one, but 170#. you never know what plays out in the nhl draft so i am hoping for the best, but definitely underwhelmed.

  10. agreed Tab…Reichel was playing in the top men’s league this year as a 17 year old..scored more goals than Stützle and is four months younger..his May 2002 birthday makes him one of the younger players in this years draft..as for the ”smallish” or ”smurf” comments, well Teuvo was super tiny when he was drafted as well..hopefully stan keeps this winger..will he be able to help the Hawks as quickly as Zary or Mercer? Definitely not..but the Hawks tend to go highest ceiling available in the first rd..why are we surprised with this pick? I look forward to watching his development especially since he sounds like he already is focused on being a 200 ft forward..

  11. Wow…not exactly the no 17 pick that I had in my mind …look like a good player in 3-4 years ..it’s too bad I will not see Lapierre Play with the Hawks .
    Nothing so far and so many teams who needS to move players ..Las Vegas is one of them..
    I would like to see Hawks get another first round.

  12. This pick is a long term play. A bit depressing to be honest. Sadly we are going to stay squarely in the land of shortcomings and mediocrity while Kane, Keith, Toews and Crawford fade into their sunset years. I’m having a hard time seeing path to legitimate playoff contention over the next three and four years. I guess we shall always have memory of those 3 Cups.

  13. It’s fun to read all the “expert” comments post draft. Folks act like a mid first round pick is an automatic top player. I suggest you go back to review prior drafts and see how many first round highly touted picks never amount to anything. I know nothing about Reichel but I like that he put up solid numbers playing against men. He also has good bloodlines with his father being a pro in Europe and his uncle is Robert Reichel who had a long, solid NHL career. Last year Dach was not my first choice and boy was I wrong. Hopefully we made a solid pick but won’t know for 2-3 years.

  14. Ian,”When he Bulks Up”.According to TAB he is good to go at 170 Pounds.I would love to be totally wrong about this pick its just the initial reaction of that panel covering the draft was very hesitant and awkward as they described him.They stated his best would be a bottom 6 forward and that he needs strength and size.They all seemed very surprised at the pick.

  15. Comes from a hockey family, both his dad and uncle, Martin and Robert, played in the NHL. That’s a very good thing.

  16. It feels like a reach at 17 and Dawson was still there. Kruger was a “unrelenting forechecker & backchecker,” Not sure its a first rounder. Did he even ty to trade down?

    Hope I am wrong. Go Hawks

  17. Tim – I just re-watched the selection and the panel’s reaction. I agree that they were anything but jumping up and down over it. However, the TOP-END for him was listed as TOP 6, not BOTTOM 6. I didn’t hear anyone say BOTTOM 6, but maybe I simply missed it.

    18 years old – hard to project, but he was a boy playing with men. Another wait-and-see pick, not exactly what I was hoping for either. Would have preferred seeing a trade back or for a player close to NHL playing time.

    Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

  18. Consensus views seems to be the kid is 3 years off from legitimately competing for a NHL job. Has good potential to put on weight and get stronger. Ceiling Top 6, floor Top 9. Things to like and he could become a quality worker bee at the NHL level, which is vital role at LW. Like I said before he’s a long term play. Isn’t going to help the current malaise with this roster. Obvious Stan is working hard to make the cap work in 2021. Looking for veteran bargains. Likely desperately trying to move a handful of his too expensive veteran role players but not finding many takers in the current Covid – Salary Cap Decline NHL reality. Hard to see how 2021 is going to be a good year for the Blackhawks. The bottoming out process is likely kick started in fact.

  19. TimW if they got ot right all is good, time will tell. Really surprised how much of a concern Zarys skating was, down to 24, has the tools other than that apparently.

  20. Well that sure took me by surprise and it seems I’m not alone in that regard. In the prospect profile Tab did on Reichel a week or so ago I commented something along the lines of “no way he gets picked at #17 because there will be better players available”.

    So what do I know? Actually I take solace in knowing that I know a helluva lot less about these prospects than Stan and the Hawks’ scouts. I was pleased as could be a couple years ago when they selected Boqvist, but so far he hasn’t been as good as I thought he would be (although I’m still extremely optimistic), and then last year I was disappointed when they selected Dach and he has been better that I thought he would be.

    Picking at #17 requires a lot more professional projection than picking at #3 or #8 – so I’ll trust the pros and hope for the best.

  21. FWIW on the Canadian coverage Brian Burke really likes Reichel – complimented his offensive up side (speed and shot) but also his battle level and the fact that although not a huge player he hits

    I was pleasantly surprised to hear the truculent one give him such praise

    On another note Craig Button put this draft on equal terms to the legendary 2003 draft (look it up)

    In that draft Zach Parise went 17, and players who went later than 17 but still in round one included Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler, Mike Richards, Brent Burns – Bergeron and Shea Weber and Crow all went in the 2nd round

    Seabrook incidentally went 14th in that draft – if this draft is supposedly similiar there’s a reasonable chance that Reichel is going to be a good player maybe even a really good player although many of you seemed to have made your mind up already

  22. Let’s get size with the next pick. Colangelo, Coe, Cuyllie, Finley Peterson Tuch Gunler. All at least 6’2″ most 200 plus.

  23. Be nice if they can land Colangelo at 46, one the good goalie prospects and anoth decent prospect in next 3 picks before depth of draft fades.

    EB agree what Reichel can become not what he is now is what they look at. He feels he’ll be ready in 2 years to play in Nhl. Surprised everybody this year, pegged for under 20 team and made the mens pro league in Germany, so hopefully they nailed it.

  24. Didnt see until now.

    What?

    Now the Bowman people are going to hear it.

    6 ft is big thats like Sharpy Toews Saad 170 is smaller which would be like 190 when ready so that 6 ft 190 thats a light Sharpy 19 and 20 were 205.

  25. WRAPAROUND
    October 6, 2020 at 10:26 pm
    Would be nice if the Hawks could get Gunler at 46

    Would be nice if the Hawks could get Reichel at 46

  26. Be careful Jordyhawk and Jamie.
    Your negativity on Bowman will cause you to embarrass yourself or be chastised.
    Lord knows I heard about it.

    Good thing I don’t give a rat’s behind. (Ahh, the joys of being old.)

    But in the spirit of modern day sensitivity and enlightenment, I will abstain from forming an opinion on Lukas Reichel.

    But my wife, who knows more about hockey than many people (Love her for that), did not think highly of this pick.

    So we will see. (Ya know? This enlightenment and sensitivity……..makes one feel warm inside……no wait that was gas. Ahh, the joys of being old.)

  27. Hawks29, I wanted a top 5 skill draft player and I wasnt routing for us to lose/EDM. Just wanted another top player like that.

  28. ER, 86 8 and this guy were 17 at draft. So they each should get an extra yr in that 2-3 yrs you ready thing.

    Bolly was a 2nd but worth the wait. Could be a very good key 3rd line player like Bolly/for whatever his skill set is.

  29. Reichel at #17 isn’t a bad pick. Imagine the Stan hate if he had selected the guys who went #20 (Shakir Mukhamidullin ranked #86) and #21 (Yegor Chinakhov – not ranked). PP and a few others would be apoplectic. Better yet – imagine if Stan traded down to #20 to pick one of those guys. This sight would be lit, as in can see it from space lit. It would almost be worth it to enjoy the pyrotechnics. :)

    I read or heard it somewhere that Reichel played against the Hawks in that exhibition game before the Hawks opened the season with that game in the Czech Republic. Stan and staff seem to put a lot of stock in seeing prospects in person so it’s a good guess they liked what they saw in that game.

  30. Got excited hearing scouts talk about Gunler. Hoping there’s some way Stan get him, but might have to move up– doubtful he’s around at 46…also agree the next best goalie in the draft probably worth grabbing if available after that.

  31. Will defer and echo perimeter player’s abstention re the substance of the pick.

    However, this player was ranked virtually across the board bw the 20’s into the 40’s. There was a 90% chance at least to trade down, gather an extra pick or two and select the same player.

  32. Chicago reporters who interviewed Kelley and Reichel are reporting:
    1) Reichel has added 13 lbs this summer so is now 180+
    2) Hawks tried to move up but found no takers – feels like they may have been trying to get Askarov
    3) Kelley strongly implied they will be targeting a goalie before the end of the 3rd round.

  33. Mo, a nitpick correction – Reichel is a May 2002 so he would have been 18 at the draft even in a normal June draft.

  34. “Consensus views seems to be the kid is 3 years off from legitimately competing for a NHL job.” – where is this consensus coming from? Your basement?

  35. Lots of people dumping on this pick, it appears, without ever giving the kid more thought that his listed weight. That’s hilarious.

    Craig Button compared him to Ondrej Palat. Ryan Kennedy (The Hockey News) compared him to Andre Burakovsky. NHL Central Scouting’s report compared him to John Tavares. Corey Pronman compared him to Mike Hoffman.

    The kid is going to likely be in Europe for at least one year, then spend a year either in Europe or Rockford. He has good skill and most scouts really liked him. But Bowman made the pick so he apparently sucks automatically.

  36. Once Holloway was picked I was hoping for Lapierre, but it would be a major concern and risk to select a guy who has a neck/vertebra injury as a 17 year old. He could become a great player or he could never make it to the NHL due to injury.

    I’ve calmed down a bit now and am starting to warm up to the pick. He’s probably 2-3 years away from getting to the NHL but the same can be said for anyone else they could have taken at #17 so the whole projection aspect comes into play. Where will Reichel’s game be in a couple years? From everything I’ve read he has the foundational skills to be a top-6 winger in the NHL and that isn’t bad for a mid-first round selection.

  37. so……a middle six pick for likely three years down the road while the aging veterans are not able to make enough of a difference for this to be a quality team. i am fine with that. if he ultimately is a hawks contributor who brings speed, fore checking, back checking, and constant hustle he will bring a lot of qualities this team does not have in abundance. that would be great.

    what i am not fine with is the general manager shitting all over the salary cap last off season trying to make the playoffs last year when he should have been making “three years down the road” personnel decisions like he made with the first pick tonight. what i am not fine with is the general manager who orchestrated the disaster of an off season last year, failed to make the playoffs, and failed to lock up lehner still being allowed to make decisions for the future of this team.

    i don’t care who gets sent packing or how terrible they will be the next few seasons. the primary goals the balance of this off season should be freeing up cap space and finding a goalie of the future. if the icons can be convinced to relinquish their nmcs and be moved all the better. it is time to admit the icons of the three cup era will never bring another cup to chicago and dive into the rebuild with dedication to building a new era. no more loser band aid moves to try to find their way into the bottom rung of the playoffs.

  38. If Reichel ends up being a Brandon Saad-type player who’s an above-average, productive 2nd/3rd line LW who makes life miserable for opponents is that a bad thing?

  39. Wrap may have to move to get Colangelo at 46, no way Gunler drops that far. Love to see them get Sens pick 33, supposedly they’ll trade it. Then get a player still.considered in next tier just a little below top 10 or 12. Gunler, Mysak Petricka and 1 or 2 mord still considered 1st rd. material.

    Exprct Reichel comes to Rfd. next year, after another year in Europe where Blackhaeks can control his development similar to Boqvist.

  40. re: controlling his development “like they did w/ Boqvist” – the Hawks had Boqvist come over and skate a year w/ the London Knights. He then spent 15 games in the AHL before joining the NHL roster for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

    The Blackhawks haven’t developed much/anything up front in Rockford in years. Even Saad/Shaw didn’t spend a ton of time there. I like Highmore as a bottom six guy but Chicago hasn’t been able to do much in Rockford. If the Blackhawks front office does indeed want Reichel to develop over here the CHL might be the route for a year but they would likely prefer he continue playing at the top level in Germany against men.

  41. ER, didnt even look at it read here that he was 17 at draft so just posted it with the others. Anyways needs to be a very good key player like Bolly was and then ok.

  42. Your 22-23 Chicago Blackhawks?

    Suter-Toews-Kubalik
    Cat-Dach-Kane
    Reichel-Kurashev/Strome-Nylander
    Barratt-Kampf-Entwistle

    Am I the only one that thinks this is looking pretty good? If they re-sign Saad, the lineup is even deeper..and this doesn’t include the next two years of drafts or any additions to the roster via free agent signings or trades..anyhoo, the point is..one draft pick doesn’t make a roster..collectively, as a team, I think the Hawks are headed in the right direction with some nice young pieces to compliment Toews and Kane during the back 9 of their careers..sorry for being a glass half full guy lol..now draft a center tomorrow Stan! Can never have enough..

  43. I would have drafted Lapierre for his skill or Schneider for his toughness. Lukas is an odd pick. I dearly hope that the Hawk players were consulted and raved about this kid. As for me, I don’t even remember him from the Blackhawks exhibition game against Germany last season. I am very disappointed. My son and I waited for the Hawks pick to come around and then ironically laughed at how discouraged we were. Hoping we were wrong!

  44. Furthermore, Ollie Matta was a salary dump? Dude, he was probably our 2nd best D man before DeHaan got injured and our best afterward. We need to get rid of Bowman. The under-the-radar acquisitions like Kubalik are scouts’ triumphs, not Bowman’s. He needs to go. I don’t mean to be unkind. However, from all accounts, 3/4ths of all NHL Gm’s won’t even deal with the Hawks for trade possibilites while Bowman is still present. We need to dramatically straighten up our act before Kane, Toews and Keith are on Medicare. God help us! Colliton is also iffy to say the least!

  45. OK. let me see if I’ve got this straight – all bad moves are Stan’s fault whereas all good moves are credited to someone else. Did I do that right?

    Regarding Maatta – he is a 3rd pairing d-man based on NHL standards. To say he was the Hawks best d-man behind deHaan is to ignore Keith and Murphy play for the Hawks, not to mention the Hawks future is the young d-men that have to play to get better and having a 3rd pairing guy making $4M is blocking their path and too costly.

  46. Still on the board was Schneider (tough defenseman and a hitter) if any Chicago fans remember what that is. On the board also was skill players Lapierre and Mercer. If this pick finally dooms Bowman from undermining our future chances, then it was as success. I am 63. I want to see one more cup. Picks like this discourage me. I know he played against the Hawks in the overseas pre-season exhibition game, but I absolutely DO NOT remember him, which is probably a bad thing.

  47. OK – I am not a scout or a hockey expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once, so that gives me the right to express my opinion. So, let me say that at first glance I would have selected Dawson Mercer. But, I don’t ever question Mark Kelley! If this was Stan’s pick, it would give me pause, but Mark Kelley is the best in the business and if he says that this kid is going to be legit, I take his word for it. Let’s root for the kid and hopes he makes it here in less than 2 years!

  48. To be fair we need to wait and see where this goes. He’s 170 lbs at 17, with conditioning and maturity he’ll put on more weight, same with Dach. The issue is he is a Bowman pick and we all have PTSD from Stan for many years of bad drafting and/or trading those picks for a bag of pucks. I personally have no faith in Blowman and want him gone as quick as possible but that not this kids fault so we’ll wait.

    Hey Ebony, yeah you’re pretty close on the Stan statement. I leave you with one word on bad Stan moves….Timonen.

  49. Tab my point was one more year in a developmental league and sign him to be under control like Boqvist. I think we all agree if not for injuries on the blueline, Boqvist timeline on Rfd. likely would read alot different.

    I can understand people not happy with Bowman but not giving an 18 yr old kid a chance because he drafted him isn’t proving a thing.

  50. Tweet from Chris Peters at ESPN

    Lukas Reichel was a riser on my board all year long. Ended up at No. 17, but flirted with going even higher. One of my favorite players in the draft, a silky-skilled winger with a high-end release. As he gets stronger, he’ll be even better. High upside pick here for Chicago.

  51. Hey Jim –

    Made me laugh this morning with…

    Hey Ebony, yeah you’re pretty close on the Stan statement. I leave you with one word on bad Stan moves….Timonen.

    Kimmo Timmonen – Was just absolutely an abysmal trade by StanBlo, but it wasn’t even his worst one…I can think of three off the top of my head…

    1.) Panarin for Saad
    2.) Danault for Lucic-Lover Dale Weise and Fleischmann
    3.) Bickell and Tuevo for who cares, he traded Tuevo!

  52. To be clear, I don’t know a rat’s ass about Reichel. What I do know and trust is the scouts analysis.

    “Reichel’s defensive game is a bit of a work in progress. He needs to be more consistent in keeping his feet moving in the defensive zone. Reichel has a tendency to be caught flat-footed at times which lets his man get away from him and be open for a pass.”

    That profile sound hauntingly familiar to most of our roster? Relentless back checker and fore checker, sounds like Kruger and less like Big Buff. My problem here is that we keep drafting the same player. Understandable that defense takes longer to develop than the offensive side but “getting caught flat footed” haven’t we seen that enough from the likes of Dcat, Strome, Nylander and the like? When we were winning cups, we were tough to play against and defensively sharp.

  53. re: Hawk One’s cherry picking of analysis – so we’re going to cut out the part about occassionally getting caught flat footed and completely ignore that he plays a good overall 200-foot game? or that he has a really good release? all the complimentary things that legit draft analysts say in the quotes above? Got it. Glad we could pick where he sounds most like Marcus Kruger to fit our “this pick sucks” narrative.

  54. There are no milquetoast Hawks fans, at least none that bother to post comments on a hockey message board. Don’t always love the comments but always love the passion. Go Hawks.

  55. Amen to what @Wrap said about the quality of this draft being STACKED & reminicient of 2003. Seabs was 14th that year!
    I love the fact that the kid has hockey in his bloodline and again “relentless on the forecheck & backcheck”.

    Admittedly, I know jack squat about drafting hockey players– but come on already with some of you Debbie downers.
    What’s wrong with getting a solid guy with a ton of potential to be a productive player with longevity??

    tbh, because you know, 2020–I’m just thrilled they didn’t pick a defenseman.
    :)
    Cheers, friends. Happy to be talking hockey again.

  56. Someone should start a separate blog called “Bowman Sucks”. We could post everyday about the Kimmo Timmonen trade from years ago along with all the other bad moves. We can bitch and moan nonstop about Stan. We can hammer him for not being able to pull off a Maatta for Hedman trade or why he is drafting Reichel when McDavid is clearly on the board. What do you think?

  57. Pronman and Peters had him ranked #17 and #18. They watch a lot more of the prospects than most of us. Hawks probably got the best player available.

  58. @Bowman Sucks:

    Pretty sure that thread already exists and its on Blackhawk Up.
    Constantly.

    boom ? ? ??
    hahahahahaha

  59. I’m eternally impressed that so many have strong convictions to project 18 year old boys’ professional careers without ever having seen his parents, without ever having seen him play, without ever having spoken to his German coaches, and without having used a shred of analysis on the data made available on the internet. Tab said, “without giving the kid more thought that his listed weight” is just amazing.

    Incidentally, Reichel self reports that he weighs 182. There’s plenty of time for him to gain an additional 10-12 pounds of good weight to become a very average sized NHLer. Also on the internet, it appears Reichel was one of the fastest risers in this draft with projections going 16-22, being NOT the reach the experts here purport.

  60. “I’ve seen this kid compared to John Tavares (NHL) and Mike Hoffman (Pronman)…. so maybe we hit the pause button on writing the kid off just because Bowman picked him” — BRAVO, Tab!

  61. Also, probably wrong thread to be making this comment on, but:

    @H-town, I have no idea what I said for the shout out but thank you lol

    HOLY EFF Stan got Kubalik for cheap!
    Super pumped about that.

    Also glad that Crow landed in the East.
    Good for him.

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