The Chicago Blackhawks are set to get their NHL Draft underway on Tuesday night, as the team currently owns the 17th overall pick in the selection show.
In all, the Blackhawks own seven draft picks, including two third round selections. They do not have a pick in the seventh round, but the team could potentially be active as they try to position themselves for free agency, which starts later this week.
The Blackhawks reached just a bit to grab Reichel, but with the success rate of their European scouting regime in recent years, it’s hard to question them if they feel he is worth the selection.
Reichel is a strong player in the neutral zone, and has extremely polished puck-handling skills. He will need to build some strength in his game and there is work to be done with his passing, but he has some very intriguing tools and could be a very useful player who can fit into a second or third line role, depending on team need.
*= The Oilers have yet to say whether they’ll give up their 2020 or 2021 third round pick to the Flames as part of the James Neal trade. If they give up the 2020 choice, the Blackhawks will get the 76th pick as compensation in the Erik Gustafsson trade. If they give up their 2021 pick, the Blackhawks will get the 81st pick.
The NHL Draft gets underway at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with coverage on NBCSN. The first round will take place Tuesday, with the second through seventh rounds taking place on Wednesday.
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