Chicago Blackhawks: 11th overall pick is not where you want to be

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The Chicago Blackhawks are going to make the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. They had the 11th best odds and stayed right there. A lot of things went right for the Blackhawks in 2020-21 but the season did not finish strong for them.

Picking 11th is pretty much exactly where you don’t want to be picking in the draft but here we are. Hopefully, regardless of the selection, they are able to get a player that is going to help them for a long time.

The Chicago Blackhawks are going to make the 11th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Some people might see the 2021 Hawks as a good story but the season was a colossal failure once again. They overachieved early but the roster simply isn’t that good. They were the only team from the traditional Central Division from years prior that didn’t participate in the lottery which means that they all made the playoffs in 2021. That tells you everything you need to know about this team right now.

If the Hawks keep their roster somewhat similar to what it is right now, they might be in a similar situation in 2021-22. It is time for this team to realize that they are going nowhere with the group constructed the way that it is. If anything, they would be better off going through a complete rebuild. The 2022 and 2023 NHL Draft are so stacked and the Hawks could be bad enough to take advantage if they play their cards right. If they don’t they will remain stuck in the middle for a long time.

Now, this draft is a lottery from top to bottom. There is no consensus number one overall pick but there are some names that will be considered in the top five. The Hawks won’t have a chance at any of those guys but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get a really nice player.

There will be good players there but nothing is certain in the draft. It is up to the scouting department to find the best player available. With the pandemic, there is a lot of question marks because of different players having a different serving size based on the circumstances.

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The NCAA played a different amount of games based on the conferences and some major junior leagues didn’t play at all. It is going to be interesting to see how teams go about the selections. A lot of teams might go for positional needs but the Hawks need everything. Hopefully, whatever decision they make leads to them getting a helpful player.