GM Kyle Davidson speaks after BLACKHAWKS WIN THE DRAFT LOTTERY!
(To the tune of "Santa Claus is coming to town") 🎵 Connor Bedard's coming to town 🎵
The best-case scenario for the Chicago Blackhawks unfolded on Monday night with the awarding of the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and the now incredible, inevitable reality of Connor Bedard heading to 1901 W. Madison Street next month.
Yeah, Kyle Davidson was pretty thrilled:
The Blackhawks' fan base processed what just happened and reacted quickly:
Here are the extremely specific details on how the pick ended up in the Blackhawks' favor:
The good news traveled fast, too:
There's more from Davidson in the tweets and the article below, but the second tweet from Ben Pope of the Sun-Times is particularly interesting:
The Blackhawks now have the No. 1 pick but also own the Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round pick in the 2023 draft as a result of the Brandon Hagel trade, and that pick could move up to No. 19 if the Florida Panthers reach the Eastern Conference Final (oh, and they're up 3-0 on the Toronto Maple Leafs in that series). So factoring in that quartet of second-round picks and pair of third-round picks provides Davidson plenty of opportunities to move up or down, should he wish do to do so. That'll be something to monitor as the NHL Draft arrives later next month.
More in the morning.
It's Connor Bedard time.