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Who Should the Blackhawks Draft At No. 3? Byram, Turcotte, Zegras or Cozens?

The NHL Draft is just two days away and it's a nervous time for Chicago Blackhawks fans.  Why? Well, general manager Stan Bowman has done nothing to help out Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews over the last few years.

The NHL Draft is just two days away and it’s a nervous time for Chicago Blackhawks fans.

Why?

Well, general manager Stan Bowman has done nothing to help out Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews over the last few years. The result has been a first-round sweep and not even making the playoffs over the last two seasons.

That CAN’T happen with Hall of Fame players like Kane and Toews. They showed us last season that they have at least one more deep playoff run in them. Now they need Bowman’s help, which makes me want to throw up just writing it.

For a while, it seemed like the obvious choice for the Hawks at No. 3 was defenseman Bowen Byram. The kid is a future No. 1 defensemen in the NHL. Yes, the Hawks already have Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin, Ian Mitchell, and Henri Jokiharju, who should all become NHL-caliber players at some point, but Byram’s skill-set is so good that his upside is greater than all four of those players.

He has even been compared to Duncan Keith. Byram will see time in the NHL next season, and he’s good enough to make an impact right away. Lock at No. 3 right? Well, not so fast.

There have been “rumors” that Hawks want to take a center in the draft.

I HATE YOU STAN.

My hope here is that Bowman is trying to create some kind of smoke screen, but why would he? He has the third overall pick, and we know what players are going one and two. What’s the point?

That means there could very well be truth to this rumor.

If the Blackhawks want to go with a center, then it comes down to three players (well, three players I would take anyway:

Alex Turcotte, Trevor Zegras, or Dylan Cozens.

Trade Back 

With Byram on the board though, it doesn’t make sense for the Hawks to take a center with the No. 3 pick. That’s why if they really are going to take a center, they should trade back with the Wings or Kings, who would take Byram in a heartbeat.

That way they can pick up an asset or two, and get the center they want.

Chief of Barstool Sports had some great analysis on this with Craig Button. Check it out below.

Again, if the Blackhawks want to take a center, it would be very, very Stan Bowman of them not to trade back. Almost every team behind the Hawks would take Byram in that spot. It’s a no-brainer.

Scouting Reports 

I’m far from an NHL expert, but if you follow my Bears’ work you know I’m a big “eye-test” guy. After watching some YoutTube videos and game film, I will give my brief scouting reports on Byram, Turcotte, Zegras, and Cozens. I’ll throw in some videos as well.

Byram 

-fantastic skater

-great with puck

-excellent vision

-able to play big minutes

-future No.1 defensemen

NHL Comp: Duncan Keith

Turcotte

-strong/skilled hands

-A+ shot

-has makings of No. 1 center

-Con: offensive upside

-NHL Comp: Jonathan Toews

Zegras

-creativity

-hockey IQ

-elite passer

-NHL Comp: Evgeny Kuznetsov

Cozens 

-size + Build

-consistent play

-natural scorer

-NHL Comp: higher skilled Ryan Kesler

Nick is the editor-in-chief at TheLoopSports.com & owner of TheChalkTLS.com. He is also a fantasy sports junkie, sports bettor, and Bears/Football fanatic. For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS

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Nick is the editor-in-chief at TheLoopSports.com & owner of TheChalkTLS.com. He also is a fantasy sports junkie, DFS player, and prop play guru. He considers himself a football expert but dabbles in a bit of everything, including trying to sell his own "soul" on eBay. For more fun, follow him on Twitter @PetroTLS. 

2 comments on “Who Should the Blackhawks Draft At No. 3? Byram, Turcotte, Zegras or Cozens?

  1. With an early pick you tàke the best player available. Draft for position in later roundx

  2. My gut says Turcotte or Stan curveball…

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