The Blackhawks have the 8th overall draft pick, inside the top ten for the first time in over ten years thanks to their subpar finish last season, and while they likely won’t be getting an immediate impact game changer like Rasmus Dahlin, there are a number of promising defenders slated to hit the top ten in this years NHL Draft well. Bowman will undoubtedly throw his penny in and hope to pull out a blue chip prospect that will help quarterback the Blackhawks future along with Alex DeBrincat, and Nick Schmaltz. Chicago Blackhawks Draft Options   Quinn Hughes – USA – Defense Age: 18 Height:Read More →

Amateur Scouting for the NHL is far from an exact science despite improvement in player rankings over the past decade. Technology continues significantly impact player evaluation across the board, providing access to talent outside of North America. If Pavel Datsyuk were draft eligible in 2018, he would be a top-three prospect. Potential first overall selection, Rasmus Dahlin, would have fallen through the cracks back in the 90’s. Scouting staffs have nearly unlimited access to upcoming talent and it continues to drive Central Scouting reports. The Draft Pick Even with advances in talent evaluation, did Nashville Predators’ GM, David Poile, expect the impact that Viktor ArvidssonRead More →