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.

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.