The Chicago Blackhawks selected a goaltender with their second-round pick.
The Chicago Blackhawks made a big pick with their second-round selection. They have a clouded future in the net so they decided to make an organizational addition there. They took Drew Commesso with the 46th overall pick who is now the second goalie to be taken in this year’s draft. The first goalie, Yaroslav Askarov, was rumored to be on Chicago’s radar before the Nashville Predators scooped him up early in the first round. This could go on to be a great pick for Chicago down the road if he becomes their long-term goalie.
This pick (originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins) was given to Chicago by the Vegas Golden Knights in the Robin Lehner trade. It seems fitting that they used that pick to select a goalie. This is a selection that has absolutely nothing to do with Corey Crawford as they will still try to bring him back for another year or two. Commesso has a little ways to go before he makes it to the NHL.
He is now an alumnus of the United States National Development Program. This upcoming season will see him attend Boston University where he will try to further his development. There aren’t many NCAA programs better at developing their players than BU so that is a good sign.
His numbers really started to rise over the past year playing with the USNDP. He went 18-7-1 with the U18 team and had a 2.05 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. There were three shutouts in those 18 wins. He was the United States goalie in the 2019 Five Nations Tournament and he led all netminders in wins, goals-against average, and save percentage.
It is safe to say that he is very good at stopping pucks with those numbers. His strength is his athleticism. The scouts believe that his athleticism is of pro-quality and that will help him in his quest to become a full-time NHL goalie. Being the second goalie selected in the draft is an honor because it is always different in terms of where they go.
If they weren’t going to use a first-round pick on Askarov, using a second-round pick on Commesso is the next best option. He is a great young netminder that should be able to make an impact with the Hawks one day. This team has been okay at developing goalies over the years but they need to make sure they hit once Corey Crawford is truly out the door. He might be gone already but this pick won’t affect that at all.