Chicago Blackhawks 2015 NHL Draft Recap

Chicago Blackhawks 2015 NHL Draft Recap

The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks were one of the quietest teams at this weekend’s NHL Draft. It was a busy weekend, with many teams making major trades.

While many figured a veteran like Patrick Sharp and/or Bryan Bickell would be traded to make cap space for the coming season, the Hawks didn’t make a deal during the draft. They waited until just after the draft to trade goaltender Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers. Chicago did not trade back into the first round; their first round pick was traded to Arizona for Antoine Vermette at the deadline.

When the Blackhawks were on the clock, size was the calling card of the day. Their first pick, Graham Knott in the second round, and fourth, Radovan Bondra in the fifth, are big kids who play a power forward game Hawks fans have longed for – and that will likely be a need if/when Bickell is traded away.

Here’s the list of Chicago’s picks in this weekend’s draft.

2nd round – 54th overall: Graham Knott, LW, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) (photo)
6-4, 190
DOB: 1/13/1997
2014-15 season: 59 games, 25 goals, 18 assists, 43 points
#57 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings.
Profile from – “A big-bodied power winger whose net front presence pays dividends at the end of the night. Strong skater, but could work on his acceleration with the puck. Transitions well and, as previously stated, likes to hang around the net and cause havoc. Good shot and, usually, quite accurate. All-in-all, the prototypical power winger that has the skill and determination to make an impact each shift.” Draft Profile

3rd round – 81st overall: Dennis Gilbert, D, Chicago Steel (USHL)
6-3, 201
DOB: 10/30/1996
2014-15 season: 59 games, 4 goals, 23 assists, 27 points, 89 PIM
#58 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings.
Committed to play at Notre Dame in 2015-16. Draft Profile

4th round – 121st overall: Ryan Shea, D, Boston College High
6-1, 175
DOB: 2/11/1997
2014-15 season: 2 games, o points
#155 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings.
Has committed to play at Northeastern University in 2016-17. Draft Profile

5th round – 151st overall: Radovan Bondra, RW, Kosice HC (Slovak)
6-6, 220
DOB: 1/27/1997
2014-15 season: 15 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
#34 International Skater in final Central Scouting rankings
Profile from – “A hulking power winger that plays a skill game, Bondra is a shifty skater blessed with predatory offensive instincts and a nose for the net. Good puck-handling ability; protects the puck exceptionally well with his size. Could be more physical, but that will come. All-in-all, a talented scorer that can be very difficult for the opposition to contain.” Draft Profile

6th round – 164th overall: Roy Radke, RW, Barrie Colts (OHL)
6-3, 203
DOB: 12/10/1996
2014-15 season: 64 games, 9 goals, 9 assists, 18 points
#104 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings
Born in Geneva, IL. Posted 40 points in 49 games at Shattuck St. Mary’s during the 2013-14 season.
Profile from – “Radke has good size and plays well in all three zones. He has a good nose for the net bu can also move well on the outside. Playing third line minutes this season, he still found ways to contribute and is poised for a much improved year statistically next season.” Draft Profile

6th round – 181st overall: Joni Tuulola, D, HPK Hameenlinna (SM-liiga)
6-3, 180
DOB: 1/1/1996
2014-15 season: 32 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points
#32 International Skater in final Central Scouting rankings Draft Profile

7th round – 211th overall: John Dahlstrom, RW, Frolunda Jrs (Sweden)
6-0, 190
DOB: 1/22/1997
2014-15 season: 2 games, 0 points
Not ranked by Central Scouting Draft Profile

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