2017 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Picks From Rounds 2-7

The Blackhawks were lined up for a busy morning on Saturday with nine picks in the final six rounds when the day began.

When the dust settled, the Hawks had selected four players who will play college hockey in 2017-18. They traded up to take a center from Sweden. And ended the weekend without trading Marcus Kruger.

Here’s how the Blackhawks finished out the 2017 NHL Draft.

2 (57) – Ian Mitchell, defenseman
5-10, 165
DOB: 1/181/1999
2016-17: Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) – 53 games, 8 goals, 29 assists
2017-18: committed to play at the University of Denver (NCAA)
Ranked #49 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #79 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #83 by Future Considerations
Ranked #63 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #35 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #52 by TSN/McKenzie

Andrei Altybarmakyan

3 (70) – Andrei Altybarmakyan, forward
5-10, 183
DOB: 8/4/1998
2016-17: Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg (MHL) – 31 games, 21 goals, 25 assists
Ranked #28 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)
Scored the game-winning goal in the 2017 KHL All-Star Game

Evan Barratt

3 (90) – Evan Barratt, center
5-11. 187
DOB: 2/18/1999
2016-17: U.S. National U18 Team – 63 games, 18 goals, 38 assists
2017-18: Committed to play at Penn State (NCAA)
Ranked #93 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #76 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #107 by Future Considerations
Ranked #48 by McKeen’s Hockey
Ranked #65 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #83 by TSN/McKenzie

Tim Söderlund

4 (112) – Tim Söderlund, C/LW
5-9, 163
DOB: 1/23/1998
2016-17: Skellefteå AIK (SHL) – 39 games, 3 goals, 4 assists
Ranked #150 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #66 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)

  • The Blackhawks traded picks #135 and #181 to Vancouver to move up to get Soderlund.

4 (119) – Roope Laavainen, defenseman
6-1, 210
DOB: 8/23/1998
2016-17: Jokerit U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) – 48 games, 5 goals, 16 assists

Parker Foo

5 (144) – Parker Foo, forward
6-0, 171
DOB: 9/12/1998
2016-17: Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 60 games, 32 goals, 34 assists
2017-18: Committed to play at Union College (NCAA)
Ranked #102 by Hockeyprospect.com

Jakub Galvas

5 (150) – Jakub Galvas, defenseman
5-11, 165
DOB: 6/15/1999
2016-17: HC Olomouc (Czech) – 36 games, 1 goal, 5 assists
Ranked #146 by Future Considerations
Ranked #26 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Skaters)

Joshua Ess

7 (215) – Joshua Ess, defenseman
5-11, 183
DOB: 4/3/1999
2016-17: Lakeville South High (USHS) – 23 games, 8 goals, 20 assists
2017-18: Committed to play at the University of Wisconsin (NCAA)

54 thoughts on “2017 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Picks From Rounds 2-7

  • June 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    A Roope, a Foo, an “S”, a guy named Henri from Finland, and A Russian wit ha 13-letter last name … hopefully one of them makes it to the NHL at some point.

  • June 24, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Tab. Why does Bowman only draft players 5’11” and under??!!!!!!!

  • June 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Because they’re not playing basketball? I don’t know

  • June 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Sure the scouts and crew will be rewarded for hard work when how ever many of these guys make it. Think about every draft pick since 19 and 88, we have done good. Need to keep scouting at the level we been at. It does pay off for us. Sometimes the long shots pay off the most.

    Like how we got a free 3rd/trading 26 for 29 and a free 4th/trading a 6th. That’s crafty when opportunity is there. Jump on it.

  • June 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Why no goal tenders

  • June 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    The Hawks probably think they have a great chance at signing Cal Peterson and got Forsburg

  • June 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Just read the hangup with Kruger is he has a 2 million dollar bonus due July 1. After the Hawks pay that he’ll be going to Vegas.

  • June 24, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Love it mudturtle! Average nhl size is 6’1. Does 2 or 3 inches matter if they can put the puck in the net?

  • June 24, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I don’t care so much the size-I agree if they can play they can play
    But why the continued neglect of the CHL, the best league for amateurs in the world?

  • June 25, 2017 at 1:49 am

    CHL players of Canadian and American descent has to be signed 2 years after they are drafted, otherwise they are eligible to be redrafted (Radke).
    The hawks seem to like drafting college bound players and SHL and Liga players. 4 years to evaluate assess and sign them.
    Especially their mid to late round

  • June 25, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Some men are longer then others. “Braveheart”

  • June 25, 2017 at 6:42 am


    Does 2 or 3 inches matter if they can put the puck in the net?

    (“Long sigh”).

    Sounds like my honeymoon predicament…?

    (Yes I went there)

  • June 25, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Joey- sorry to here about your “short-comings”

  • June 25, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Ok- just watched 5 min. of Laurent Dauphin highlites WJC-U18…

    Now – this is my only viewing of guy… and it is ONLY versus 18 year olds…

    but here is what is to like-

    Super shifty/elusive in O-zone behind net… easy to see Possession numbers go up for Hawks… obviously- this is Versus smaller or same size 18 year olds- so can this translate against Bigger /older/stronger NHL D ??? Kinda – like Ben Smith like w/ ability to spin w/ Puck in tight space (but even quicker)…

    More comparable to Danault (who I watched close up in Rockford) in the O zone /behind the net… than Kruger… But Dauphin- even seemed quicker with his ability to shake the D and drive to the net — with out fear!!! Danault was stronger… Kruger is better at “mucking/technique” on boards…

    Dauphin- is super shifty/elusive in tight space… also- seemed to have that Bolland
    “sense/timing” to strip pucks/and jump passing lane at just the right time…

    Negative- Looks like he will take a beating (injury???) driving to the net – and doing his little shimmy with the puck behind the net… Kind of like I always thought Kruger would someday suffer a major neck or shoulder injury (the way he sticks his head into board battles versus much bigger guys)…

    strength??? looks kind of thin

    Comparing Dauphin to Danault– looks like they are on similar Paths Age/points/levels… Danault stronger… Dauphin- shiftier skater…

    Danault had excellent Hockey IQ… Dauphin- I have no idea on his IQ???

    If he has solid IQ… This kid is a great asset/find

  • June 25, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Wall his faceoff stats 44.5% in 32 nhl games and maybe not against other teams top guys for what it’s worth.

  • June 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Me thinks– SB will move Kruger and Or AA… and try to find another FO center to help in that department…

    Is there a John Madden type UFA around? FO and PK specialist!

  • June 25, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Rufus- agreed

    Would love to see a fore-checking/buzz saw line… Fortin/Hino/Dauphin/Hartman/Jurco
    All five of these guys can fly/skate…

    Tab- I am hoping for an article on possible UFA/trades… cheap , fast Centers who can win FO and Kill penalties… assuming one or both AA/Kruger will be moved.

  • June 25, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Some of the online sites are starting to throw stuff around that Q is pissed about the trades, blah blah blah, and is likely to be gone before the season starts. I’m not too familiar with the sources, but it seems to be a bit overblown. Anyone else seen this topic brought up and any info on which sources are “respectable” or all they all hacks?

  • June 25, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Would like to see Fortin get a crack at 3rd center he worked on his faceoffs last season and put decent no.’s 65% in tbe juniors and give him an opportunity with Hartman and Jurco/Hayden/ Hino on other wing or a pickup. Wall i’ve mentioned him before but Carolina’s Jay McClement consistent 50%+ faceoff guy over his career against top centers mostly and good on pk. Not much offense but shutdown type guy. He could be a reasonable cap hit ufa if notvresigned before july 1st. 33 years old or so be willing to take a 1 or 2 year deal.

  • June 25, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Can’t blame Q for being pissed. He lost his elite #2 scorer and best stay at home defenseman.

  • June 25, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Rufus, reports are Kruger is gone after july 1 as he has a 2 million dollar bonus due then. Removing Kruger and calling up young guys gets you compliant. So it negates a little necessity to trade Hossa. Murphy had 50 more hits than the Hawks hit leader. Murphy and Forsling would be flipped though. Murphy right shot. Forsling left.

    If they can unload the Hossa contract, Id look at a guy like Dan Girardi. Rutta really is a wild card coming from the czech league.

    The D roster is pretty much set. The problem is the bottom 6 is questionable. Boyle is the guy Wall is looking for. But again, the Hossa contract. The only thing they could maybe do would be to come to an agreement with a player without signing him. Until after game 1?

  • June 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Ian- don’t know much about McClement… how is he speed wise?

    Boyle or Hanzal? seem to be decent options.. but probably want too much coin…

    another option- Move AA- let Schmaltz center Kane.. and find another Stud , fast LW to play with Schmaltz/Kane….

    I think Saad w/ 19 – opens up playing Uber fast 2nd line (so AA might be moveable)
    and gives Q some different options Line 1/2 match ups…

    Guess it just depends on what Market (if any is there for AA) + 2LW speed burner options – that are potentials to line up to 8/88… if E. Kane wasn’t such a mental case- He would be a perfect type of player to be w 8/88….

    another Cheap option…. Yakupov on a cheap deal??? if u can get him for less than a Million… could be a huge risk/reward type of sign???

    I don’t like him much… but maybe you get Druin type of reward???

  • June 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Would love me some Mr. Underwood ( even more Miss Underwood)… but I doubt if He leaves Preds…

    But that guy is tough as nails… and wins FO’s

  • June 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Prob not that fast but not slow for size.

  • June 25, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Hanzal is a little faster then Boyle and mcclement. Not that much diff. between those guys speed wise.

  • June 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I think Mcclement and Hanzal better then Boyle at faceoffs. Not sure on caphits if one of those guys is 1m and others are 2ish, then.

  • June 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Mcclement is a few yes older and doesn’t score as many goals as the others.

    Better caphit and better at faceoffs.

  • June 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Wall don’t know if any other big salaries go this off season or not except when Kruger deal finalized. So Hanzal or Boyle may be too much money unless as Ernie said sign after Hossa goes on ltir but I think that will be to upgrade the D myself primarily. Wouldn’t put any eggs in Yakupov’s basket he just keeps blowing his chances.

  • June 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I had that thought on yakupov last summer. After the season he had…hard pass. Hes past the point of no return. Too one dimensional.

    Regarding things being thrown out on sites. Look at what more reputable sources with direct knowledge have put ou. Q was quoted as saying hes moved on from Kitchen. Hes not pissed about these moves. Theres a handful of national guys to listen to. Most of the local guys are good. A few to pay little attention to. And maybe 1 or 2 out of market beat guys that are pretty good when it comes to other teams. Portzline is one that comes to mind.

    A lot of this is speculation along with some creative writing, that males it sound like it was sourced. A few minutes ago a “report” came out from someone in Arizona that said the Hawks want to bring Sharp back. And that he fills a need. He actually might. But itd be on the 3rd line. But lets also not forget the locker room rumors surrounding his exit.

    Schmaltz was 31% at the dot. Hes not a center. You dont trade Anisimov on the premise that Schmaltz moves to center.

  • June 25, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I found it kind of odd that Q was not at the table on draft day. It could mean nothing, or it could be very telling. And based on his statement about Hammer’s trade, I’d say the subtext was shocked and annoyed, IMO. Murphy is a big kid and a good skater, and the Hawks are gambling that he’s ready to take the next step to becoming an impact D-man in the league. We’ll see if coming to a much better all around team will transform his game. I sure hope so, or there will be a lot of pissed off fans if the Hawks D declines even more than last year. I don’t believe that will happen, but it’s still a risk and I know I’ll be glued to the big screen once the boys take the ice again. That said, Bowman is not done, so as someone who is a vocal critic of some of his moves prior to the draft, I reserve judgement until all the pieces are in place. Sure glad to see Saad back, even though we lost Panarin to do it. Wouldn’t mind seeing Galchenyuk in an Indian Head sweater.

  • June 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Rufus agree on 2&4 but i believe Kruger is a done deal and Sharp is doubtful at best.

  • June 25, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Agree on everything except 3. I wont be shocked if hes not moved, but im expecting him to.

  • June 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Tony, where would you like to see Galchenyuk play?

  • June 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    So we’re going to have 11m in cap space by trading Hoss caphit for that yr. Holy that can do some damage.

  • June 25, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    That would cover girardi and galchenyuk, and lots of young guys getting better.

  • June 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Ernie, not sure how it will all shake out since it’s pure speculation at this point, but all things being as they are, wouldn’t mind seeing him on #2 with Kane. He’s a great playmaker and the two of them together would be fun to watch. Move Anisimov to #3, Kero to #4, still assuming that Kruger is traded.
    Odds of getting him are slim as MTL is looking for D-men.

  • June 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Morrison no where near that this year. If Kruger and Hossa moved and maybe 3 rfa’s resigned you are probably looking at 4 to 5 m in cap space and maybe a 6 figure salary you would replace at best

  • June 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    So you think Galchenyuk is a center then? I asked because theres been debate in Montreal over where to play him. He’s an rfa and I dont think hed take less than 4m. Any trade for him would probably cost Anisimov. Which would go with the younger theme they have.

    With the Devils taking Nico Hischier, every center probably moves down a slot there. Hischier, Zajac,Henrique, and Zacha taking draws you wonder if Jacob Josefson might be able to be had. Kills penalties. 52% at the dot. Would be nice 3/4c. Devils may be a team that could absorb Hossa’s contract as well.

  • June 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I meant 11 after the ltir and then it covers two good players. That we had good young guys getting better/not that it would cover the young guys raises/salary goes up each for that.

  • June 25, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    With you Ernie on trading his contract but with cap limit not moving much recently and taking it for that many years is going to be a hard sell

  • June 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Kruger- 3.083
    Hossa – 5.275

    After this year you probably wont have overages which was 3.56 from last season. Thats 11.9 million. Add in a little increase to the cap and youre set. With that kind of space you could realistically go after John Tavares come summer of 2018. So, even if the Hawks are able to dump the Hossa deal now. It may not be ideal to sign a big dollar guy.

  • June 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    That’s the thing who’s available for the few coming yrs not just that yr when have 12m moar then we do now. Anybody on 1/2/3 yrs only kind then get anothe Hoss of a contract/elite player.

    Lots of good yrs to come by reloading properly.

  • June 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Who ate the big fish/ufa the next few yrs.

  • June 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Yeah expect they will evaluate what they have and use ltir space during season to address needs maybe even wait to mid season /tradeline to accrue some more cap space. I expect it could be a defenceman with an expiring contract.

  • June 26, 2017 at 12:53 am

    When they move Krugers salary and rfas sign for around qualifying offers with a small raise for Forsberg. The day before season opens send 8 and 40 down and recall Fortin and will be right on the 75m with Hossa counting. Day 2 of season place Hossa on ltir and recall both 8 and 40 one is a replacement salary so the relief allowed is 6.2 m over caphit before the ltir move and lineup is. With 4.35m relief space available the rest of the season + a salary to come off about 5m.
    20 19 14
    8 15 88
    AF 40 38 Fortin take bulk of the fo’s
    13 67/70 48/22

    2 7
    42 CM
    7 VP/JR

    50 AF

  • June 26, 2017 at 8:28 am

    @ IAN

    I read that because of Hossa being on LTIR it will be very challenging for SB to makes his typical moves during the deadline because they are not able to “bank” that cap space from Hossa. So not only do they have to get below the cap prior to opening night but since they are carrying his cap hit throughout the season it hurts their flexability

  • June 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Yes it does but you are allowed to earn cap space if ltir happens after start if season, not sure if replacement salary putting you over 75m negates that or not is why I said maybe. They can be right around 75m opening day with a 22 man roster and maybe go back to 22 after ltir and bank a little . The closer you are to 75m but not over when using ltir the more relief room you have to work with.

  • June 26, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Hossa’s 5.275m hit also counts 7.5m the 10% overage you can have after the season and the 75m in contracts you can have signed for next year.

  • June 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Incorrect Southside. If the Hawks are at 74.75m com opening night prior to Hossa being put on LTIR. Once he’s placed on LTIR the Hawks new ceiling is 80m. A little bit of roster juggling and they would have probably 2.5 in space to their artificial ceiling. It limits their ability to acquire players prior to him going on LTIR as they have to be compliant game 1.

    Using last seasons deadline date of March 1st. If the Hawks are 2.5m below ceiling at deadline day. They would be able to acquire 12.5m of opening day salary.

  • June 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

    They can also reacall a replacement salary $925,000 and that would make it 8 .925 or 5.925 m they can go over the cap in relief. The ltir doesn’t allow for using a replacement contracts higher the hit for the relief contract.

  • June 26, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Their cap ceiling is still treated as 75m ltir just allows them to go over by in what said here is 5.925m if 2.5m us not used it can’t be treated as banked cap ut is just dead money. You would still be calculated 3.875 m over the cap.

  • June 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they made 1-2 “handshake” deals with players, where the player would sign their actual deal after the season starts. They could sign a PTO contract and play in the pre-season, right?

    There’s slight risk for the player if they get hurt or something then Bowman could decide to back out, but I think agents know that Bowman is a man of his word (see the Kruger contract as an example).

  • June 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Even though we be able to get another good player after opening day/ltir stuff. Knowing that starting the 18-19 season were going to be allowed to add 12m in players has me salivating at the mouth.

  • June 26, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Mo if/when Kruger is moved there is roughly 66m on books for next year. With 38,40 ,48 ,13 rfas and 7 ,22 ,32, probably 70 ufas & one more defence to fill. Possibly a little over 1 m in bonuses could be pushed right now against it too as ltir space can’t be used for that.

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