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2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Alex Turcotte

2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Alex Turcotte

From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.

Alex Turcotte

Position: Center
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 185 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report from Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley:

"Alex is a highly skilled, strong, highly competitive, good two-way centerman."

Turcotte describes his own game:

"I think I have a lot of skill but also I’m not afraid to go to the dirty areas and then take it to the net, grind it out in the corners. I’m really competitive and I think that’s what drives me and my game and that’s a big part of my game, how competitive I am and how bad I want to win and be the best."

NHL player comparable: Jonathan Toews

Fit for Blackhawks:

There's a lot to like about Turcotte. He's not as flashy as some of the other top prospects, but he certainly has playmaking ability and is reliable in all three zones. Turcotte is cut from the same cloth as Patrice Bergeron and Toews, and will probably be a consistent Selke Trophy nominee in the NHL.

That's the type of center that could grab the attention of the Blackhawks, who tend to gravitate towards high-end centers that play a 200-foot game. Turcotte committed to play for Wisconsin next season so he wouldn't make the jump to the pros until at least the 2020-21 season, but that's likely going to be the case for every center drafted after Jack Hughes.

The interesting part of the equation is how the puzzle pieces fit beyond next season for the Blackhawks with Toews and (soon to be) Dylan Strome locked up as the 1-2 punch down the middle for many years to come.

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Blackhawks Store on Michigan Avenue reportedly looted in Chicago protests

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Blackhawks Store on Michigan Avenue reportedly looted in Chicago protests

The Blackhawks Store on Michigan Avenue was reportedly one of several stores that was looted during Chicago protests on Saturday.

Jeremy Ross, a reporter for CBS, tweeted the video below.

Protests began in Chicago on Friday evening as people gathered in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

As the protests swelled Saturday evening, Mayor Lori Lightfoot instituted a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. that will last indefinitely.

RELATED: Chicago athletes respond to nationwide unrest over George Floyd killing

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Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

During this time of a global pandemic where healthcare workers risk their well-being to keep us safe, and essential works do the same to keep business operating, many teams and athletes have stepped up to do their part and assist their local heroes. Count the Nylander brothers, Alex of the Blackhawks and William of the Maple Leafs, as the latest to chip in for the cause.

Alex and William have partnered up with local restaurants of Stockholm and Toronto to help feed frontline workers and those in need.



“We have partnered with some of our favorite restaurants so that healthy meals can be prepared and delivered to frontline heroes and others in need,” said William. “In Chicago, we are supporting local food banks," added Alex.

As Alex and William both prepare for the NHL’s postseason, the brothers hope to continue to provide and deliver meals to frontline workers and those in need while bringing awareness to COVID-19 in the process.

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