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2018 NHL draft results: Blackhawks select goaltender Alexis Gravel with No. 162 pick

It’s the first goaltender the Blackhawks picked up in the draft.

Halifax Mooseheads v Blainville-Boisbriand Armada Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Picking in the sixth round and 162nd overall, the Chicago Blackhawks added a goaltender by selecting Alexis Gravel from the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

A 6-foot-4, 223-pound Berlin native, Gravel moved to Canada when he was 6 and soon found himself immersed in hockey. And he couldn’t hide his excitement after being drafted:

Gravel played in 39 games for Halifax last season, posting a 3.38 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage in a league where goals come early and often. In eight postseason games, he had a 2.70 GAA and .917 save percentage. One of those strong playoff periods is detailed in this highlight video:

Goaltender expert Cat Silverman of The Athletic offered this scouting report on Gravel soon after Chicago made the pick:

Gravel’s selection follows a pattern by Chicago general manager Stan Bowman to draft a goaltender in an even year. Seven of the eight eight netminders drafted by Bowman have been selected in an even year. Johan Mattsson (2011) is the lone exception.