The Blackhawks did not make it to the pit on Saturday night, but they are still confident that they will get an impact player with their highest pick since 2007, when they selected Patrick Kane as the first general.
The Hawks will be placed in eighth place, falling in fact because they recorded the seventh worst record, on June 22 in Dallas, after not being able to advance to the first three places during the draft lottery held on Saturday night in Toronto . They had a 6.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick and a 20.4 percent chance of jumping to the first three. Buffalo won the first overall selection, followed by Carolina and Montreal.
Most likely, the Hawks’ top pick does not make a difference next season. Only 10 players selected in the 2017 draft played in the NHL this season, and only the top two picks, Nico Hischier of New Jersey and Nolan Patrick of Philadelphia, played in more than nine games. Continue reading “Chicago Blackhawks to Pick 8th in NHL Draft”