Blackhawks Select Niklas Nordgren

The Chicago Blackhawks traded up to select forward Niklas Nordgren.

Niklas Nordren
DOB: 05/04/00
Shoots: Right
5-9, 174

Ranked #30 by Corey Pronman (The Athletic)
Ranked #21 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
Ranked #55 by TSN/McKenzie
Ranked #49 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #48 by HockeyProspect.com
Ranked #61 by Future Considerations
Ranked #62 by ISS Hockey

Pronman scouting report from The Athletic:

  • Skating: 50
  • Puck Skills: 60
  • Physical Game: 35
  • Hockey sense: 60

“Nordgren is a highly skilled playmaker who was excellent at the junior ranks, putting up good numbers in Finland, and was very good with the Finland U18 team in international play. He is always looking to make a play, has a great understanding of how to create offense, has the touch to pull off difficult plays and can be a QB from the side boards on the power play. His vision and puck skills are both great, with the ability to be a primary creator of offense and excel on the man advantage. At times he can try and make the extra play, but you take that occasionally for all the offense he creates. His skating is worrisome for a 5-foot-9 guy, which keeps me from getting him to the higher tiers, but it still grades as average, and given how hard he hustles, he gets up the ice reasonably well. I also wouldn’t classify him as a highly physical guy, but he works and I’ve seen him be competent on the PK as well. He’ll need time to bulk up, but he has a ton of upside.

Finland’s U18 coach Tommi Niemela said: ‘He’s really skilled. He’s small but has another level of understanding of how to create scoring chances and how to score.'”

7 thoughts on “Blackhawks Select Niklas Nordgren

  1. Continuing on his plan of getting what he believes are best skill and finesse player available. Hope he makes it to NHL.

  2. Hated the 2 First round picks (Wahlstrom gonna be a 20-30 goals a year guy)

    But — LOVE the two-3rd round picks!!!

    Both- Guys have a legit chance to be NHL players… and decent ones at that… if they make the NHL

  3. Jett Woo would have been a great choice to go with last year’s pick Parker Foo. Get his brother Spencer. Resign Jordan Tootoo. Get Jonathan Cheechoo out of retirement.

  4. Ted T– that is exactly why Bowman is drafting Pee-wees…

    Smaller players– will be able to fit into that “smaller window”– simple Stan-Logic

  5. Small and skilled. Fits the hawks style. Seems to be a nice value pick. Let’s see how he develops in a few years.

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