2014 NHL Draft: Mock Drafts Predict Blackhawks Selection

With the Stanley Cup Final continuing on to Game Five on Friday night, fans of the rest of the NHL world have started turning their collective attention to the next event on the calendar that will impact the future of each organization: the 2014 NHL Draft. Will the Hawks find another Duncan Keith in this year’s draft?

Keith Draft

Here’s who some of the experts have the Blackhawks selecting with their first round pick:

  • Corey Pronman, ESPN.com (June 5) – Brayden Point, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
  • Gus Katsaros, Yahoo.com (May 31) – Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)
  • Adam Kimelman, NHL.com (April 4) – Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)
  • Steven Hoffner, NHL.com (April 4) – Nick Schmaltz, C, Green Bay (USHL)
  • Mike Morreale, NHL.com (April 4) – Robert Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL)

Each of these five “insiders” has the Blackhawks addressing the center position, with three agreeing that Nick Schmaltz fits the profile of a player Chicago would select.

In the last four drafts, the Blackhawks have selected five forwards in the first round: Kevin Hayes (2010), Mark McNeill and Philip Danault (2011), Teuvo Teravainen (2012) and Ryan Hartman (2013). Of those five players, four were listed as a center when selected; only Hartman was a wing when his name was called.

Teravainen appears to be a center in the immediate future plans of the organziation. Hayes spent three years primarily as a center at Boston College, and Danault has spent most of his time at center in Rockford.

NHL Central Scouting’s final prospect rankings.

Craig Button’s final prospect rankings at TSN.


18 thoughts on “2014 NHL Draft: Mock Drafts Predict Blackhawks Selection

  • June 12, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Can you believe that’s Keith in the photo? He doesn’t look old enough to leave home…

  • June 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Would love to see Fabbri… but I think he will be way gone by 27th

    I guess the lesson from the Keith photo… when you can’t decide between a couple of players… PICK the guy who looks like he’s 13 yrs. old… CUZ he ain’t done growing/maturing!!!

  • June 12, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thatcher Demko, Goalie, Boston College

  • June 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I wonder what Kieth’s projection was when he was drafted in 2002 from out of Michigan State (2 years).

    He played the 02/03 season in the WHL then 2 full years in the AHL (Norfolk at the time in 03/04 and 04/05). Made the roster at camp in Oct 2005 and made his NHL debut on opening night and never looked back. Funny how he was never called up during 2 full years in the AHL and never sent back once he made the roster.

  • June 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    BTW, I think the Hawks also drafted Weisnewski that year

  • June 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    If the Hawks were to trade for the #1 pick, would they select Aaron Ekblad? As I mentioned before (and as you all know) they already have Dahlbeck (Hjalmarsson 2.0 – with more offense), Johns (Hawks have nobody like him but Seabs is the closest thing we got), and Clendening (Brian Campbell 2.0)…..BUT from what I have read and seen in clips, this kid looks like a can’t miss stud Dman. He could probably be ready to take over for Seabs in 2 years when his contract is up, that’s how good he looks (to me anyway). Hawks could transition from

    Dunc – Seabs
    Hammer – Oduya
    Rosi – Leddy

    to something like this to start next year…

    Dunc – Seabs
    Hammer – Leddy
    Dahlbeck – Veteran Dman/Rosi?

    to a blue line like this by year 3 (seabs contract year)…

    Dunc – Ekblad
    Hammer – Johns
    Dahlbeck – Clendening

    Decent plan? Dumb? Thoughts? Obviously if their is no truth to the Oduya/Hayes/draft pick trade rumor to Florida then this is just fantasy, but if I were Bowman/Q (I wish! Ha!) I would even be willing to sweeten the offer. Hawks have a lot of bottom 6 type forwards in Rockford that were high draft picks (Mcniell, Broadhurst, Leblanc) that they could use to sweeten the deal or maybe add in a “vet” like Rosi, Rundblad,Bollig)?? It all kind of sounds far fetched but Bowman has been able to work some pretty sweet deals in trades (didn’t he even get something for John Scott?!)

  • June 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I absolutely love the Keith photo. Good points Mike. I remember when I watched Keith for the 1st time he was the one player on the ice I couldn’t take me eyes off of his skating was just so far above everyone else on that roster. Outside of Ruutu that roster lacked a lot of skill. I was surprised Crow made 2 appearances on the team that year too.

  • June 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Note: “Hawks have a lot of bottom 6 type forwards in Rockford that were high draft picks (Mcniell, Broadhurst, Leblanc)”

    Obviously I meant Mcneill, Danault as high draft picks, Broadhurst was 7th round & Leblanc was Free Agent. Don’t wan’t you guys thinking I’m an idiot. (hopefully)

  • June 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Sorry if i’m posting too much (if I am just tell me Tab). Just wanted to say that although I didn’t mention it in my former post, (I forgot people can’t read my mind) but the reason I was asking about Ekblad was because the general consensus seems to be that the BHawks would be trading up to take Center, Sam Reinhart, who is a stud in his own right, has decent size and a frame to put on more, and could be on a fast track to the NHL like Ekblad. For some reason I keep thinking that TT will end up at wing in Q’s offense, but maybe I’m way off. It just seems like Q likes size when he can get it, that maybe why he pushed Bollig and Zus on the ice so much, although I wont pretend to know more than Q as far as lineups go, just my two cents.

  • June 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I wouldn’t have a problem if the Hawks moved up in the top 1-3 picks, if Florida is listening why not put together a package. Kevin Hayes would be a nice piece to dangle since it seems unlikely he will end up signing. So the Hawks could give up this years pick, Hayes, and nothing minor league or guy of the roster and maybe they can get it done, who knows but it doesn’t hurt to make a offer if it makes you better.

  • June 12, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Wall, so true with the physical maturity…

    Mike, different team back then, when Keith arrived he was playing for not only his, but the whole team’s future…and yes, Wiz drafted in the 5th round…a great pick…IMO we should never have traded WIZ.

  • June 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Whoever started the “Oduya, rights to K.Hayes and the Hawks 1st pick (#27) for Florida’s #1 pick” was either just clowning around or he needs to put down the pipe.

    Ekblad projects to be a top-2 d-man. A package of a 32 year old #4 d-man and the #27 pick, who at best case would project to be a bottom of the roster guy if he even makes it to the NHL – is not going to get a stud d-man prospect. The K.Hayes bit is just nonsense – if Hayes wants to he can just wait until August 15th and then sign anywhere he wants to. If Florida wants him and Hayes wants to sign with Florida – they get him for no compensation on after 8/15.

  • June 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    HN4A… had the same exact thoughts on Ekblad… King’s Daughty was the best D-man in series… Combo of speed/skate/size… Don’t know much about Ekblad- but if he is in same mold- (and Hawks actually had that pick- I would go there)…
    Hawks/Kings -showed the Hawks need to get a little stronger in front of Both nets/boards… And Ekblad seems bigger/stronger than the 2-3 other projected high picks…

    Of Course, if Hawks fill the 3 MIA forward spots (that were missing in Playoffs) w/ speed/IQ/Skill (not 23,26,52) perhaps the “size/net” thing won’t matter!!!

  • June 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Looking forward to the draft, if the Hawks are looking to move up I set my sights squarely on Edmonton. A team that has drafted high in the draft so often that they can actually afford to move their pick for something that can help them in 2014/15.

  • June 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    ER- That’s exactly right, nobody (even our pal Tallon), is trading out of the top 3 for 27 our bootm of round pick and a disgruntled Hayes. Let’s get real here. Unless you are ready to dump TT and more then forget it, not happening.

    Will be far more interesting to see what Rockford players are in play in trade and draft (dump salary) scenarios Jr is entertaining.

  • June 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Ouch. I did say that it could just be fantasy. I wasn’t suggesting that it was actually going to happen. I was just wondering what other Hawks fans were thinking about it, and if we did do it would they rather have Ekblad or Reinhart, or someone else. But just to stick up for myself a little bit here, I did say the Hawks could sweeten the offer to include prospects like Mcniell, Danault, Broadhurst, Leblanc, etc. as well as vets like Rosi, Rundblad, Bollig, etc. I realize it would take a lot to get a top pick.

  • June 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Specifically in reply to ebonyraptor, you say: “A package of a 32 year old #4 d-man and the #27 pick, who at best case would project to be a bottom of the roster guy if he even makes it to the NHL – is not going to get a stud d-man prospect. The K.Hayes bit is just nonsense”

    I think Oduya is considered a quality dman from a championship team by the GM’s around the league and has value, but ok, I guess he’s worthless.

    As far as” “the #27 pick, who at best case would project to be a bottom of the roster guy if he even makes it to the NHL”

    Are you saying that #27 pick doesn’t have much value? Or are you actually saying that you think that quality players aren’t selected after the #27 pick? I think these guys (and many others) would disagree with you…

    Brian Bickell – #41
    Brandon Saad – #43
    Duncan Keith – #54
    Patrick Sharp – #95
    Niklas Hjalmarsson – #108
    Andrew Shaw – #139

    As far as trading the rights to Hayes, I don’t know much about it, I was only reiterating what others had discussed/written. Finally, as I said in my prior comment, I realize a top pick would cost a lot to trade for, and I suggested prospects, and NHL players that the Blackhawks could add to the trade. Again, I’m not saying that I think this is going to happen (I don’t know), however I don’t think it’s nearly as far fetched as you just made it sound.

  • June 13, 2014 at 6:10 am

    By all accounts this isn’t a very strong draft so a bad team might actually make a move out of the top. There really isn’t a consensus top pick like other years. Or next year when McDavid is available.

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