The Chicago Blackhawks are 2-2-0 and most fans are not thinking about the 2023 NHL Draft at this point of the season. However, looking at the roster and the potential transactions that might be made this season would lead anyone to believe that the Hawks will be near the top of the draft.
If they are, there are a few good players that will be of consideration. Connor Bedard is the number one guy on most people’s big boards right now. Anything could happen but he has been the consensus number-one prospect in this draft for a long time now.
However, being the worst team in the league guarantees you nothing considering the lottery system. That is why it is important to look at other prospects. This draft is a little bit different though because it has a player that could push for number one but be a very good number two.
That player is Adam Fantilli. He is a centerman that plays for the University of Michigan. He has some elite already drafted NHL prospects on his team already helping him develop his game which is nice to know too.
The Chicago Blackhawks could certainly use a prospect like Adam Fantilli.
On Friday, he had the game of his life as he scored his first career NCAA hat trick against Lake Superior State University. That came in a 5-2 victory for the blue.
It should be a very good season for Fantilli as he has a lot of talent on that team to work with. By the end of the year, their number five ranking might be a number one ranking but that remains to be seen. If this freshman continues to score like this, it could happen.
There is no guarantee that Fantilli ends up with the Hawks but they could certainly be in the mix for him. There will be people that try to say he should go ahead of Bedard as the number one pick but that feels out of touch.
However, landing a player like this would be amazing for the future. Fantilli joining the young group of prospects that the Hawks have put together would really help them. For now, we will just have to keep watching him dominate as a freshman at Michigan and see what happens.
It should be noted that college hockey is amazing right now. Fantilli is there and so are other already drafted prospects like Luke Hughes (New Jersey Devils), Logan Cooley (Arizona Coyotes), and Isaac Howard (Tampa Bay Lightning) to name a few.
This league is becoming a great place for developmental hockey and it is also incredibly entertaining. More and more NHL teams will be impacted by it as the years go along. The Blackhawks could really take advantage.