From Sept. 27-Oct. 6, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one prospect per day — 10 total — leading up to the 2020 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick No. 17 overall.
Weight: 179 pounds
"Hendrix Lapierre is a very skilled, very good skater, possession player, one of the elite playmakers in the draft." — Blackhawks Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley
"The left-shot forward has great hockey sense, compete and playmaking qualities. He was limited to 19 games because of an upper-body injury but may have the highest ceiling of any player projected to go in the first round." — Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com
"Great background work will have to be done on this player. If health is a non-issue, and that’s a big question, there’s a steal waiting to happen." — Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet
Fit for Blackhawks:
Lapierre has all the potential in the world and is a dangerous offensive player, but his season was derailed due to injuries. TSN's Craig Button called him "the wild card of this draft" and believes "he's a top-five player if he can return to full health."
If Lapierre is sitting there at No. 17, the Blackhawks would have an interesting decision on their hands. Lapierre is a potential high-risk, high-reward option and the organization could solidify its center depth for many years to come if Lapierre lives up to his potential and stays healthy. But those are two big "ifs."