The Chicago Blackhawks loaded up on prospects at 2022 DraftVincent Pariseon July 9, 2022 at 11:00 am

The Chicago Blackhawks have been busy over the last couple of days. They have made plenty of trades for draft picks and have added a lot to their organization while also taking a lot away. They made a whopping 11 selections over seven rounds.

Draft day started for Chicago with zero first-round picks. They got in by trading Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators. Amongst other picks, they landed the seventh overall pick. They also got pick 13 in a trade that sent Kirby Dach to the Montreal Canadiens.

Later in the first round, they acquired pick 25 (and goaltender Petr Mrazek) from the Toronto Maple Leafs. They went from zero picks to three in a short time. They made a lot of other selections as well.

They even traded out of a pick to get an extra one in 2023 which is smart because that draft is so deep. Kyle Davidson didn’t get enough in the DeBrincat trade but everything else seems to be going in the direction of a rebuild which is smart.

The Chicago Blackhawks were very active at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

7th – D – Kevin Korchinski13th – C – Frank Nazar25th – D – Sam Rinzel39th – C – Paul Ludwinski57th – C – Ryan Greene66th – W – Gavin Hayes81st – W – Samuel Savoie90th – C – Aiden Thompson173th – C – Dominic James188th – W – Nils Juntorp199th – C – Riku Tohila

What you see listed there is a lot of speed. The Blackhawks are trying to rebuild their organization with the mindset that they are going to be fast and skilled. If that turns out to be the case, a few of these guys may end up being a part of the solution.

This might sound crazy but this draft will be a huge win if three or four of those guys turn out to be NHL regulars. With the three first-round picks, you certainly hope that at least one of them becomes a really good player in Chicago.

Following this draft, we have no clue what moves are going to come next. You’d have to think that anyone on the team is capable of being traded at this point. Petr Mrazek will be a fine stop-gap goalie but the real prize of the weekend is 11 fresh prospects to start developing.

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