Chicago Blackhawks 2012 NHL Draft Weekend Tracker: Picks, Trades and Analysis
Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman saw a draft-day surprise fall into his lap Friday night when it came time to use the organization's first-round pick.
Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen was available when the 'Hawks turn came and Bowman used the 18th overall pick on a 17-year-old scorer.
The organization has eight picks in the draft along with a host of prospects that could be moved if Bowman desires. Right now, 23 players are signed to the active roster. To add a player of consequence, someone might have to move.
There was a flurry of activity at this time last summer. Brian Campbell and Troy Brouwer were sent packing and two of the players selected in the draft suited up for the Blackhawks this past season.
Whether you think Bowman needs to overhaul the roster or that he is in need of a big move or two, this weekend could be when he decides to the trigger on a deal that brings in some fresh faces.
I'll be updating this post throughout the weekend as events demand. For now, let's take stock in where the 'Hawks sit after day one of draft weekend.
Chicago's First-Round Selection: Teuvo Teravainen
Vitals: LW, Jokerit (Finland), 5'11", 165 pounds, 17 years old, shoots left.
Analysis: Teravainen was a guy a lot of people pegged as a top-ten pick, so it's hard to find fault with this selection. Bowman passed on the two top goaltenders as well as several bigger forwards and defenseman. What he got is another skilled, though undersized forward who could someday wind up as a top-six scoring machine.
Teravainen is a very young player with a terrific shot and outstanding speed. Consider him the Finnish Patrick Kane. By the end of this past season, he had made he jump to Finland's top professional league and 11 goals and seven assists in 40 games with Jokerit.
Bigger, more physical type forwards like Henrik Samuelsson were still on the board, as well as highly regarded defenseman Olli Maatta. Bowman saw a skill player with the potential to be an elite scorer fall to the 'Hawks and didn't hesitate to snap him up.
I would expect him to log at least a full season overseas to continue his development. Like most of these picks, time will tell. However, Chicago got a top-ten talent in the middle of the first round.
Here are a few projections in some mock drafts, along with where those players ended up.
Fox Sports: Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL)-went eighth to Pittsburg.
USA Today: Andrei Vasilevski, G, Russia-went 19th to Tampa Bay.
Obviously, that's a small slice of what the hockey world is forecasting. I believe that Chicago will select a defenseman.
Just to put myself out there a little more, I'll take a stab at a name and suggest Hampus Lindholm (who went to Anaheim with the sixth pick). The big Swede could develop into a nice stay-at-home defender.
In reality, I'm just guessing like everyone else. The Blackhawks can go with a goalie in rounds two and three and pick up a forward later in the draft, but it's all in front of us at this point.
I will share thoughts on Saturday's picks as they become official. Check back in over the weekend.
Here is how the rest of the draft went for the Blackhawks.
Round 2: 48th overall: Dylan Fournier, D, Rouyn-Moranda (QMJHL), 6'1", 173 pounds, 18 years old.
Round 3: 79th overall: Chris Calnan, RW, Noble-Greenbough (Mass.), 6'2", 188 pounds, 18 years old.
Round 4: 109th overall: Traded to San Jose for 2012 seventh-round and 2013 fourth round picks.
Round 5: 139th overall: Garret Ross, LW, Saginaw (OHL), 5'11", 169 pounds, 20 years old.
149th overall: Travis Brown, D, Moose Jaw (WHL), 6'1", 179 pounds, 18 years old
Round 6: 169th overall: Vincent Hinostroza, C, Waterloo (USHL), 5'9", 158 pounds, 18 years old.
Round 7: 191st overall: Brandon Whitney, G, Victoriaville (QMJHL), 6'5", 196 pounds, 18 years old.
199th overall: Matt Tomkins, G, Sherwood Park (AJHL), 6'2", 171 pounds, 18 years old.
I have mixed feelings about this draft. Some skill fell to them and they got their goalies. Whitney was projected as high as the third round, so to get him in the seventh with the pick culled from San Jose was a plus. In terms of skaters, it seemed like Bowman left a lot of size on the table to be drafted by other teams.
It's hard to think right now that this year's draft class will have the same impact on the organization next year as the 2011 group. There are several players who are three and four years away
I'll take a more in-depth look at Chicago's newest draft class on Sunday.
'Hawks Trade Activity
UPDATE (Friday, 10:00 p.m. CST): Potential second-line centers like Jordan Staal and Mike Ribeiro were traded today, but so far Bowman hasn't completed a deal. Jesse Rogers tweeted a few minutes ago that Bowman was close.
UPDATE: (Saturday, 1:00 p.m. CST): Well, the draft is over and the only move Bowman made was a swap of draft picks with the Sharks. No big personnel deals were made at the draft by the 'Hawks.