Chicago Blackhawks: 3 options at pick 11 in 2021 NHL Draft

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The Chicago Blackhawks were awarded the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The Draft Lottery gave the first overall pick to the Buffalo Sabres and the Seattle Kraken the second overall pick. The Anaheim Ducks are the only team who fell a spot as they went from second to third. This isn’t necessarily the spot you want to be in but there are going to be some good players to take. These are three players for the Hawks to take with pick 11:

1. Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson would help improve the future center depth of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Within the first five picks of the draft, there is going to be a lot of Michigan flavour. The Wolverines are a very solid program that keeps pumping out good players. Owen Power and Matt Beniers are both coming off good seasons with them and Luke Hughes is going to attend in 2021-22. Well, Kent Johnson is another one of those players who is coming from there as well. If he is sitting there when the Hawks come on the clock, he should be someone they consider.

In 26 games last year, he had nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points. That is very good production from a  first-year NCAA player. It was hard to play in 2020-21 based on the circumstances and Johnson made the most of it. Now he is going to be a high pick in the 2021 NHL Draft as a reward for his efforts.

If Johnson came to the Blackhawks, he would attempt to help out their future center core. We don’t know the future of Jonathan Toews but if Johnson played behind someone like Kirby Dach, he would have a chance to succeed in the league.