Evaluating Every Blackhawks First-Round Pick of the 2024 Draft

Friday night marked another big day in the Blackhawks rebuild.
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - First Round
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Pick 18: Sacha Boisvert - C - North Dakota 

Sacha Boisvert
2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft - First Round / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

The initial reaction to the Boisvert selection by Kyle Davidson and friends was not a strong one from Hawks fans. This had a lot to do with highly-regarded scoring prospect Cole Eiserman still on the board when pick 18 rolled around. Once people get past that, the USHL product and future North Dakota Fighting Hawk looks like an extremely promising choice to add to the Hawks pool. 

Boisvert spent this past season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. He was an over point-per-game player, posting 68 points (36 goals, 32 assists) in 61 games. The Trois-Rivieres native has more to his game than the ability to score. Along with Boisvert’s strong shot, he prides himself on his 200-foot games. The Hawks prospect pool is filled with score-first forwards, so Boisvert’s ability to get it done as a two-way player on both ends of the ice is important. The North Dakota commit mentioned in post-draft interviews that he tries to model his game after Evgeni Malkin, which is something great for fans to hear. 

The shot and two-way game on Boisvert is complimented by the physicality he plays with. If there was one theme with the first two selections Kyle Davidson made Friday night, it was based on the fact that the Hawks are done with getting pushed around. The finesse and skill-based players in the organization can will this team to lengthy playoff runs, but it’s complete players like Boisvert that can help hoist the Stanley Cup. Power forwards are always great to have in a rebuilding core, and the 6’2” Canadian is just that. 

If Boisvert can be a top-six centerman down the line for Chicago with an Anze Kopitar/Malkin-like playstyle, this pick will do just fine.