The NHL Entry Draft always proves to be an eventful day with surprise picks, trades, and signs and this year the Chicago Blackhawks led the way. Hawks’ General Manager Stan Bowman came into the Draft with five picks but came away with new prospects due to separate trades for Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik and enough salary cap room to sign Bryan Bickell.
1st Round (30th overall): Ryan Hartman, RW 5-foot-11 181 pounds, Plymouth (OHL)
2nd Round (51st overall): Carl Dahlstrom, D 6-foot-3 191 pounds, Linkoping (SWE)
Dalhstrom is a strong defensive player with good puck handling skills. While not a strong physical player his size can be used at the net.
3rd Round (74th overall): John Hayden, C 6-foot-2 210 pounds USA U-18 (USHL)
Hayden is the opposite of Dahlstrom as he is a very physical player that crashes at the net. Scouting reports drew his playing style to Scott Hartnell. The Hawks will have to wait to see Hayden in the Indian sweater though as he will play for the 2013 NCAA D1 Champion Yale University Bulldogs next season.
4th Round (111th overall): Robin Norell, D 5-foot-11 192 pounds Djurgarden IF (SWE)
Another Swedish defensive, Norell, recorded a plus-16 rating and 27 points (10G, 7A) in 30 games for Djurgarden IF this season in the second-highest league in Sweden, HockeyAllsvenskan.
4th round (121st overall): Tyler Motte, C 5-foot-9 180 pounds USA U-18 (USHL)
Motte is a strong two-way forward with skating ability that lacks a strong goal scoring presence. In the World U-18 Championships he scored eight points in only seven games leading the team.
5th round (134th overall): Luke Johnson, C 5-foot-11 179 pounds Lincoln (USHL)
Johnson is a two-way player with a big shot and solid face-off skills. Hawks fans wont see him soon though as he will see plenty of work in Rockford at the AHL level to build on his defensive play.
6th round (181st overall): Anthony Louis, C 5-foot-6 145 pounds USA U-18 (USHL)
Louis like Hartman is an Illinois native but does not have quiet the size. His 52 points (22G, 30A) in 63 games for the US U-18 Team drew comparisons to Ottawa Senators‘ Cory Conacher.
7th round (211th overall): Robin Press, D 6-foot-2 187 pounds Sodertalje (SWE)
In the NFL Draft the final pick is called ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ but in the NHL Draft Robin Press is known as ‘Mr. Longshot’. Press has history working against him but Bowman must see something in the defensemen.