Who Will The Blackhawks Draft?

The 2017 NHL Draft might feel like a year away because of all the events on the league calendar this week, but that doesn’t change the fact that there will be a couple hundred kids’ dreams made true this weekend at the United Center.

And at least a few will become members of the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

But who might the Hawks select in the first round this year? If we assume they stay put with the 26th overall selection, here are a few names we like for the Blackhawks.

  • Timothy Liljegren, D, Rogle BK (Sweden)
    6-0, 188
    DOB: 4/30/1999
    Shot: Right
    #6 European Skater
Timothy Liljegren

  • Grant Mismash, C/LW, USNTDP (USHL)
    6-0, 185
    DOB: Feb. 19, 1999
    Shot: Left
    #24 North American Skater
    Committed to the University of North Dakota for 2017-18 season

Brady Lyle

Here are some other notable names that have been offered up in recent mock drafts.

  • Josh Norris, C, USNTDP
    6-0, 189
    DOB: 5/5/1999
    Shot: Left
    #34 North American Skater
    Committed to the University of Michigan for 2017-18 season

Jeff Marek, SportsNet (June 19):  “Norris is real tough to play against with a never-say-die attitude. Good two-way centre.”

Hanna Stuart, FanRag Sports (June 16): “Norris, a University of Michigan commit, has all the makings of a strong two-way center. He’s a solid skater, patient with the puck and tenacious away from it, willing to go into the corners to retrieve a loose puck. One of the qualities noted most often about Norris is that he’s ‘coachable.’ And in his case, it’s legitimate and a good thing. He’s shown that he’s willing to work on his weaknesses.”

Scott Powers, The Athletic – Chicago (June 9): “Anonymous Scout – ‘Norris is a good player and would be a good prospect. I’m not sure how much offense he will produce at the NHL level. A lot of his current production is North-South. He bulls through people, creates scoring chances by winning puck battles, forechecking and chasing the puck, rebounds, etc. None of those are bad things, but they aren’t as easy to do at the NHL level. He should produce, but I don’t think he has real high offensive upside. Really strong defensively, very smart, mobile skater.’

  • Henri Jokiharju, D, Portland (WHL)
    6-0, 188
    DOB: 6/17/1999
    Shot: Right
    #19 North American Skater

Chris Ryan, NJ.com (June 18): “Despite finishing the regular season with the most points in the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks scored just three goals in the postseason as they were swept out by the Nashville Predators. That gave them the No. 26 pick. Here we have them taking defenseman Henri Jokiharju, who had 48 points in 71 games with the Portland Winterhawks.”

Scott Powers, The Athletic – Chicago: “Dan Marr: ‘He got better and better when the year went along. He’s another one of these talented kids who has a really good hockey sense. You could see over the course of the year how he had to come over and figure out the league. Playing in the Western League, it’s quite a jump from where he came from. But the coach was using him in key situations and he’s another one of these guys who is kind of cool as a cucumber out there. He doesn’t panic. But he makes that quick first pass out of the zone. He’s not the biggest defense, this is why his skating and puck skills carry his game for him.'”

Powers offered a few other names at The Athletic – Chicago as well.

    • Shane Bowers, C, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
      6-1, 185
      DOB: 7/30/1999
      Shot: Left
      #16 North American Skater
    • Nicolas Hague, D, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
      6-6, 215
      DOB: 12/5/1998
      Shot: Left
      #20 North American Skater
    • Erik Brannstrom, D, HV71 (Sweden)
      5-10, 179
      DOB: 9/2/1999
      Shot: Left
      #9 European Skater
    • Callan Foote, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
      6-4, 215
      DOB: 12/13/1998)
      Shot: Right
      #12 North American Skater

29 thoughts on “Who Will The Blackhawks Draft?

  1. The good news about this list is no 5’7” inch players? Great!!! And more Canadians and less high school players!!! And more EUROPEANS playing in the CHL.

    And can we actually draft a good goalie prospect? Not one from hockey power house BELGUIM????

  2. GIVING UP on TVR is a mistake created by our GM. Sorry if he leaves, perfect for number 5 on depth chart.
    I would bring back GUSTAFSON whom deserves an apology from COACH Q. He is talented passer with vision for the game.
    HAWKS need to draft a left winger and a right winger with true scoring touch. AFTER KANE and PANARIN (small forwards) no one on the wings. HOSSA is done especially if COACH Q nails on 3rd line again.

    ANISIMOV and TVR for EVANDER KANE or MATT DUSCHENE!!!

  3. We defensemen with some size and speed, a real goalie prospect (maybe more than one) and a left wing with size for Toews line. Really need a good draft to improve our speed and size.

  4. I’ll go w/ Robert Thomas, I think Bolland also played for London Knights. He’s a center as well.

    How is Bolland’s back these days?

  5. Hawks need to get a few second round picks …
    Tomorrow will be a big day …so many teams have players that they dont want anymore …
    Hope Hawks can make a big trade to get some younger faster players.

  6. Still would love a deal w/ Knights that somehow lands Haula to Hawks… that kid has some good wheels

  7. Hey totti… hawks have cap problems. 15 and 57 for Evander means the Hawks add more cap and need a dman.

    You say its a mistake to give up on 57…but then you include him in a trade in the next breath? So which is it?

  8. Isaac Ratcliffe– big body, can skate , LW

    Casey Middlestadt- ( if Hawks move way up in draft)… I think he Might be the best in this draft… does everything well… good size… watched him in WJC-18… stud

    some mock drafts have him around 5 thru 7 spot… would love to see him fall that far and Hawks trade with Vegas/Yotes/or Sabres and Get Middlestadt… Only negative… supposed to go College… could do the Vesey/Hayes thing

  9. Ernie—that’s the very same center that Tallon passed on in favor of Jack Skille. Heck, there were a couple others he passed over in favor of Skille.

  10. Wall- Casey Mittelstadt is from my home town. I saw him play 20-30 times in the last two years and he is the real deal. Best high school player I have seen and that includes Leddy. Tremendous first step and vision. Smooth, effortless skater with ability to separate. I think he will turn out to be the best player in the draft.

  11. H1961– good stuff… 2 questions… do you know if Mittlestadt is committed to playing 4 years of College or wearing hometown Wild jersey?

    How close is he to going NHL or ready for NHL is he?

    Brannstrom kid– watching highlites… kid is one hell of a skater… looks like he skates better than Nick Leddy !!!

  12. Obviously they need to take the player they feel is the best prospect with the first pick-but I hope they can get a player in their top 3 picks that plays with an edge like Tkachuk or a 200lb Andrew Shaw.
    Saw lots of Thomas and if they get him at 26 it might be worth it-doesn’t wow you but plays the game right. He likes to hit but will need to get stronger to play in with NHLers.
    London players tend to go a little earlier in the draft because of their coaching/development. (Probably top 20)

  13. Mittelstadt’s parents and close friends wanted him to leave high school after his junior year and play for the Gophers. He decided to stay in high school for his senior year. (He wanted to win a state hockey championship.)I think 1-2 years in college hockey and he should be ready for the NHL. College hockey will help him prepare for the physicality of the NHL. I never heard him say how long he would stay with the Gophers or that he wanted to play for the Wild.

  14. @ TOTTI

    Yo back off Wouter Peeters ! If he sucks on the USHL’sYoungstown Phantoms then feel free to pile on

  15. Ernie, cap school? Give up the white whale contract of ANISMOV and KRUGER for EVANDER KANE!!! Makes you look better as a GM look than adding TVR to make sure they get KRUGER!!! Make a hockey trade rather then being known in the league as STANTA CLAUS BOWMAN??? Gifts for everyone, bonuses, thrown in players, nothing in return!!!! Everyone who calls BOWMAN identify themselves as ROBIN HOOD, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

  16. Losing van Riemsdyk is addition by subtraction. He played way too much for a guy with a fringy skill set on defense. Trading Kruger and a draft pick to Vegas is pure unadulterated non leverage necessity move.

    Oh happy days. Rufus Firefly was right the other day. Welcome to NHL purgatory Blackhawks fans.

  17. TOTTI
    thanks for the laughs
    Stanta Claus bowman … AKA- N-MC STANNER… YA CAN’T TRADE THIS

  18. Totti, i was usimg your words. You said Anisimov and TVR for Kane. You suggested that. Not me.

    I should go back to cap school? Thats kinda funny coming from you.

    Whats also funny is our ability to forget how terrible Erik Gustafson was when pressured in his own zone. Sorta like how a lot of guys here forgot that Oduya was old, slow, and not good at hockey anymore….but he knows the system!!

  19. So jurco cant crack the lineup in the playoffs where the hawks get smoked 4-0 yet he’s protected from the expansion draft? Sounds like the gm and coach arent on the same page. Q’s playoff lineups have not put the team in the best position to win. And its a lot more than whether Jurco should have been given a shot. 7 defensman in game 4 when it was clear to everyone that campbell could keep up? bowman should have intervened on the playoff lineups the last two years. Q on the clock.

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