Chicago Blackhawks 2013 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis
The selection of Ryan Hartman with the 30th overall pick has the potential to fulfill that wish. Hartman will bring a well-rounded playing style to the 'Hawks second or third line a few years down the road.
Chicago GM Stan Bowman then pulled off a series of intriguing trades.
Cup-winning goal scorer Dave Bolland was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 51st (second round) and 117th (fourth round) picks and 2014 fourth-rounder. Shortly after, depth forward Michael Frolik was shipped to the Winnipeg Jets for the 74th (third round) and 134th (fifth round) picks. Later, the 'Hawks landed the 111th (fourth round) pick and a 2014 fifth-rounder while sending the 117th (fourth round) and 151st (fifth round) picks to the San Jose Sharks.
Bowman also added talented new prospects to his franchise with No. 121, 181 and 211 choices in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds.
Detailed prospect analyses and selection grades for every 'Hawks pick fall on the coming slides.
Round 1, Pick No. 30: Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Bowman was surely thrilled to see Illinois native Ryan Hartman fall to the 30th overall selection.
Hartman is a rough-and-tumble winger with an unquenchable thirst for physicality, much like current Blackhawks such as Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell.
But Hartman can also produce offensively. The 5'11", 181-pound forward registered an impressive 37 assists, 60 points and plus-29 rating in 56 appearances for Plymouth in 2013, comparable to current Blackhawks like Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa.
"Hartman is a do-it-all type player who can provide significant two-way value," raves Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus. "He makes creative plays in both puck handling and passing" but is also "a very aware defensive player."
Chicago has hit an absolute home run with their first round choice.
Round 2, Pick No. 51: Carl Dahlstrom, D, Linkoping J20 (Sweden)
The selection of Swedish defenseman Carl Dahlstrom with the first of two picks acquired in the Dave Bolland deal indicates a growing Blackhawks interest in defensive defensemen.
Dahlstrom has a lanky frame and wide reach at 6'4" and uses it to his advantage, garnering excellent reviews in shielding, positioning and board battles.
He's not as physical as he could be and needs to improve in his puck-movement to succeed in the NHL, but the Stockholm native is a safe choice for the late second round and has solid upside as a second- or- third-pairing rearguard.
Bowman doesn't reach outside his comfort zone with the Dahlstrom selection, but does add another reliable depth defenseman to Chicago's prospect core.
Round 3, Pick No. 74: John Hayden, C, US U18 Team (USHL)
John Hayden was expected to go a bit earlier than the third round, but the Blackhawks will have little sympathy—they were happy to select him at No. 74 overall.
Hayden scored 11 goals and 20 points in 24 games for the US Under-18 team.
At 6'2", 210 pounds, the 17-year-old center combines grit and skill well in the offensive zone, showing ability to fight through rough play easily and win pucks in scraps. His frame also puts him ahead of many fellow third-rounders in NHL preparedness.
While the Blackhawks weren't necessarily needy down the middle in their prospects system, Hayden had fallen far enough down the draft board to be worth the 74th choice.
Round 4, Pick No. 111: Robin Norell, D, Djurgarden U18 (Sweden)
For the second time in four rounds, the Blackhawks drafted a defenseman out of Sweden, this time by the name of Robin Norell.
Norell tallied five points and four PIM in 33 appearances for the Djurgarden Junior team and 17 points and 16 PIM in 30 appearances for the Djurgarden U20 team. He's a left-handed shot and extremely undersized at just 5'10, 176 pounds.
And that's about all anyone knows about him.
Norell's development curve is difficult to decipher, but much more widely scouted and praised players were available at 111th than him regardless. This 'Hawks pick is puzzling to say the least.
Round 4, Pick No. 121: Tyler Motte, C, US U17 Team (USHL)
With the final pick in the fourth round, the Blackhawks with away with another fast faller in University of Michigan-bound center Tyler Motte from the U.S. Development Team.
Many expected Motte to be taken by the mid-third round, with some projecting him to sneak even into the second round. However, the 'Hawks snatch the 5'10" youngster at 121st.
Motte scored 21 goals and 37 points in 57 games for the US U-17 squad. The Michigan native is quick in the defensive zone and has found a niche as an aggressive penalty-killer, but needs to work on his reads and playmaking ability in the offensive zone.
He's an undeniably raw and risky selection, but Motte's upside was certainly the selling point at this late stage of the draft.
Pick Grade: B+
Round 5, Pick No. 134: Luke Johnson, C, Lincoln (USHL)
The Blackhawks select their third center in four picks and hedge their bets on previous choice Tyler Motte with the selection of Luke Johnson.
The 5'11" Johnson is one of the oldest players in this year's draft and is much, much farther along in his development than most fifth-round choices.
The North Dakota native's numbers slipped in 2013, however, tallying only 46 points in 57 games for USHL Lincoln after a promising 55 points in 55 games the previous year. He could be ready for the AHL soon, but his lacking size and uncertain puck-handling skills make him unlikely to ever become more than a spot-action center in the NHL.
Johnson's selection was an less-than-noteworthy decision for the Blackhawks at 134th.
Round 6, Pick No. 181: Anthony Louis, C/LW, US U18 Team (USHL)
The Blackhawks kept to two trends with the selection of Anthony Louis at pick No. 181.
First, they continued the run on USHL players, choosing their fourth of the draft. Secondly, they also took another player expected to go much earlier in the order than the sixth round.
Louis scored 43 points in 53 games for the U18 squad after registering 41 points in 49 games for the U17 squad the previous campaign. The left wing is nearly impossible to knock off the puck and has an innate vision in the offensive zone—he's a highlight machine.
What turned off many teams was his size, his measly 5'7", 155-pound size. It caused him to tumble to a selection hours later than he probably anticipated.
Nonetheless, players don't come much more gifted than Louis this late in the draft. This 'Hawks decision could just be their smartest of the night.
Round 7, Pick No. 211: Robin Press, D, Sodertalje (Sweden)
Mr. Irrelevant—the very last pick—of 2013 is Robin Press, a Swedish defenseman who will cap off the Blackhawks' eight-man draft class.
Press is 6'2" but needs to fill out, weighing in at only 187 pounds. He recorded 16 points and 16 PIM in 26 appearances for the Sodertalje Juniors and four points and 10 PIM in 41 for the big-league Sodertalje club.
The Uppsala native is decently well-rounded but probably doesn't possess the raw talent needed to make it to the NHL. In the seventh round, conversely, Press isn't a bad choice.