NHL Draft: Day Two Players To Watch For The Blackhawks

After selecting Lukas Reichel in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks will have to wait through 14 picks before being back on the clock on Wednesday.

That, of course, assumes the Blackhawks don’t move up; they reportedly tried to trade up during the first round.

There are a couple names lots of fans have likely fallen in love with overnight as Blackhawks fans beg for size. Winger Noel Gunler and defenseman William Wallinder, both from Sweden, are big players who more than a couple pundits predicted could go before the first round ended.

The odds either of them is still available when the Hawks pick at 46 are long.

Sam Colangelo, RW
6-2, 210
Chicago (USHL)

Ranked #79 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #52 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #38 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #47 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #31 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #66 by DOBBERPROSPECTS/ROBINSON
Ranked #41 by TSN/McKenzie

The Blackhawks like Colangelo – a lot. In September, Scott Powers at The Athletic wrote “The Blackhawks have conducted interviews with a number of draft candidates, but he is one they’ve talked to multiple times.” He’s a solid, big body who is currently playing college hockey at Northeastern University. His size would be a nice addition to the system.

Nicolas Daws, G
6-4, 203
Guelph (OHL)

Ranked #60 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #78 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #75 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #88 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #1 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Goalies)
Ranked #63 by DOBBERPROSPECTS/ROBINSON
Ranked #64 by TSN/McKenzie

Desperate for a goaltender? Daws is the top North American goaltender and, though he would feel like a reach in the middle of the second round, wouldn’t be out of the question for the Hawks. He’s a good positional netminder who, with another couple years to develop, might be a guy who can hold his own in Chicago as the number one.

Helge Grans, D
6-3, 206
Malmo Jr (SWE Jr)

Ranked #19 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #28 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #35 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #39 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #6 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
Ranked #15 by DOBBERPROSPECTS/ROBINSON
Ranked #27 by CONSOLIDATED RANKING
Ranked #32 by TSN/McKenzie

EliteProspects makes this kid sound like the kind of defenseman most of the comments here and elsewhere have been begging for:

“He’ll walk the offensive blue line with the puck on his stick with relative ease; and he can mitigate risk while maintaining an aggressive, space-consuming posture when defending the defensive blue line. He skates well, has a long reach, an active stick, and good habits with his footwork.”

Luke Tuch, LW
6-2, 203
US NTDP

Ranked #56 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #58 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #117 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #40 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #43 by TSN/McKenzie

Lots of Blackhawks fans were scared of Alex Tuch during the playoffs this fall… well, his younger brother is available. He’s currently a freshman at Boston University, where the Blackhawks already have two prospects (Jake Wise and Alex Vlasic). The younger Tuch uses his body well around the net but hasn’t displayed the higher-end motor that made his brother a first round pick. He would probably be a reach in the second but an intriguing player in the third.

Joni Jurmo, D
6-4, 190
Jokerit Jr (Fin Jr)

Ranked #46 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #53 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #68 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #73 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #20 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
Ranked #57 by DOBBERPROSPECTS/ROBINSON
Ranked #60 by TSN/McKenzie

From Corey Pronman at The Athletic (who ranked him #77 overall):

“There are moments and games where he looks like a top-end player. He’s 6-foot-4 and a true high-end skater. When he’s on, he shows skill and offensive creativity, making plays all over the ice. He’s one of the best puck rushers in the draft and shows no fear to go end to end – something he does a lot of during games. I’ve seen flashes of great vision from him, I’ve also seen times where it seems like he gets tunnel vision and just wants to do it all himself, so I debated between a 55 and a 60 on his hockey sense.”

Dylan Peterson, C
6-4, 192
US NTDP

Ranked #88 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #68 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #114 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #85 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #43 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #68 by DOBBERPROSPECTS/ROBINSON
Ranked #47 by TSN/McKenzie

If you haven’t paid attention during the Bowman Regime, the Blackhawks love the US National Development Program. Peterson feels more like a solid option in the third round than a longer-term project pick in the mid-second, but his size will get a team’s attention that’s desperate for a big body. He is at Boston University with Tuch.

6 thoughts on “NHL Draft: Day Two Players To Watch For The Blackhawks

  1. Love to see Colangelo be a great land. Dawes may be still around at 76 to 81 range. Others mentioned be all good choices, be very surprised from praise he gets that Helge will be there at 46. Like to see them land Sens 33rd pick or 2nd one today, supposed on the table.

  2. I’ve read a dozen or more critiques of Reichel since the Hawks selected him and I have much higher hopes now than I had initially. Several people compared him to Teuvo because he has that same level processing speed. He plays fast because he processes the options in front of him fast. He seems to be a little less apprehensive to engage physically than Teuvo was at the same age but I said back then about Teuvo it was not because he was afraid but because he knew his best play was most often to avoid getting tied up with a bigger player.

    Granted, comparables tend to be best case scenario but one comparable was Elias Petersson because of the compete level and fast processing. It came with the disclaimer that Reichel may not hit those heights but the possibility is intriguing and other players that were available at #17 probably don’t have that ceiling with the exception of Lapierre and he has the injury concern.

    Bottom line – the more I learn about Reichel, the more I like this pick.

  3. TRADE: Matt Murray to Ottawa for prospect Jonathan Gruden + the 52nd overall pick.

    TRADE: Nashville sends Nick Bonino + pick #101 to Minnesota for Luke Kunin and picks #37 & #70

  4. Well, since the Hawks are apparently going with a cheap short-term veteran in Goal in 2021 and the goalie depth in the organization is non-existent, I’d say strong bet Bowman drafts one today. Hope he doesn’t overreach out of necessity.

  5. Oilers keeping 76th so nect 2 picks 79th and 81st, may bring goaltender into play, Blomqvist rated high too.

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