The Chicago Blackhawks were unexpectedly quiet during the draft, making two trades that involved draft order and not exchanging any players. Hawks GM Stan Bowman entered the draft with 10 draft picks after trading Andrew Shaw to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. The team waited until the No. 39 pick in the second round to select Alex DeBrincat, then finished its draft at No. 203 with Jake Ryczek. Satchel already has analysis on the haul and likes how the team targeted high-upside prospects.
The Hawks organization now has nine new members. Here are the players drafted by Chicago:
Alex DeBrincat - 2nd round, No. 39
DeBrincat has scored 51 goals in consecutive seasons for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. He's a smaller winger at 5-foot-7. In 2014-15, he had 51 goals and 53 assist with 2015 first-overall pick Connor McDavid as his center. This past season, he had 51 goals and 50 assists with the 2015 third-overall pick Dylan Strome as his center. He's expected to return to Erie next season.
Chad Krys - 2nd round, No. 45
Krys played alongside DeBrincat on the United States' World Juniors team. The 5-11 defenseman had three goals and 26 assists in 53 games with the U.S. national team development program. He will play at Boston University next season.
Artur Kayumov - 2nd round, No. 50
Kayumov, a 5-10 Russian winger, had 12 goals and 19 assists in 39 games with the Russian under-18 team. He posted two goals and four assists in five games for Russia at this year's Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Wouter Peeters - 3rd round, No. 83
Peeters, who turns 18 on July 31, is the second Belgian picked in the NHL Draft. The New York Rangers selected Sean Day, who was born in Belgium but plays for Canada internationally, just two spots ahead of Peeters. The 6-5, 208-pound netminder posted a 3.27 goals-against average in 24 games for EC Salzburg II of RBHS U20 last season. He will join Jokerit of the KHL next season on a two-year contract.
Lucas Carlsson - 4th round, No. 110
Carlsson had nine points in 35 games for Brynäs in the Swedish Hockey league last season. The 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman had a goal and an assist for Sweden at the World Junior Championships. He also tallied two goals and an assist at the Hlinka tournament.
Nathan Noel - 4th round, No. 113
Noel scored 21 goals with 36 assists in 61 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL least season. The 6-foot, 179-pound center also had three goals and 10 assists in 16 playoff games. He added two assists in seven games for Canada at the WJC.
Mathias From - 5th round, No. 143
From scored 21 points (six goals and 15 assists) for Rögle BK junior-20 team before moving up to the senior team where he tallied two goals and two assists in 16 games in the SHL. The Danish winger is listed at 6-1, 187 pounds. He also tallied a goal and an assist in four games at the WJC. He's expected to return to Rögle BK next season.
Blake Hillman - 6th round, No. 173
Hillman scored 11 points (three goals and eight assists) in 39 games during his freshman season at the Denver. The 6-1, 183 -pound blue liner was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA West Regional with two goals and two assists. He joined the Pioneers after playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints and Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. He tallied six goals and 25 assists in 112 career USHL games.
W/out Blake Hillman & fellow young Denver D Tariq Hammond the Pioneers probably don't advance to NCAA Frozen Four. These guys became giants— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) June 25, 2016
Jake Ryczek - 7th round, No. 203
Ryczek had 34 points (seven goals and 27 assists) last season in 47 games between the Sioux City Musketeers and the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. The 5-10, 165-pound blue liner will play at Providence College next season.