On Tuesday morning, Corey Pronman at The Athletic offered his post-draft young player organizational rankings across the NHL.
Pronman’s criteria for his rankings are: “All players in an organization who were 22 years old or younger as of Sept. 15, 2020, regardless of how many NHL games they’ve played, along with the rest of the players in the pipeline, were included.”
The Chicago Blackhawks ranked 17th in Pronman’s rankings. Here’s what he had to say about Chicago’s youngsters:
Pre-draft org ranking: No. 14
2020 NHL Draft grade: C+
Chicago has some good, if not very good, young players on the team or on the way. The Blackhawks need more and look to be committed to adding more. If Kirby Dach becomes everything he possibly could be, this could change the trajectory of the franchise.
- Kirby Dach, C
- Alex DeBrincat, RW
- Adam Boqvist, D
- Lukas Reichel, LW
- Alexander Nylander, LW
- Ian Mitchell, D
- Alec Regula, D
- Evan Barratt, C
- Wyatt Kalynuk, D
- Michal Teply, LW
- Drew Commesso, G
A few reactions to these rankings…
First, we’ve been big fans of Mitchell here since the Blackhawks drafted him. Ranking him below Nylander gives Nylander was more credit than he’s earned based on his NHL play. We’ll see how Mitchell looks in the NHL soon enough.
On the blue line, Regula could prove to be a good deal for Bowman. Chicago acquired Regula from Detroit at the beginning of last season for forward Brendan Perlini. He signed his entry-level contract after three seasons with the London Knights.
Kalnyuk signed as a college free agent out of Wisconsin but he saw his chances of the NHL take a hit when the Blackhawks traded Brandon Saad to Colorado. The crowded blue line in Chicago and Rockford will be competitive in the coming season (whenever it begins).
At forward, Reighel is the top player on the list who isn’t already in the NHL. Chicago’s first round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, he’s likely a couple years away from the NHL but could prove to be a solid pick. Teply could probably move up the list as well.
It’s good to see a goaltender on the list. Commesso could eventually be the long-term answer in net for the Hawks, but he’ll likely play college hockey for at least two years, if not completing a four-year NCAA career.
The other teams in the Central Division ranked as follows:
9. Colorado Avalanche
14. Minnesota Wild
15. Winnipeg Jets
19. Dallas Stars
22. St. Louis Blues
23. Nashville Predators