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.
Position: Right wing
Weight: 180 pounds
"Dawson Mercer has played a little center, real good two-way game. He has a very good skill set ... very responsible defensively." — Blackhawks Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley
"Mercer is a right-shot forward capable of playing in all situations. Mercer is a smart, heads-up skater who finishes checks and is strong on the power play and penalty kill." — Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com
"Effective at adapting his game from pace to puck protection. Plays with passion and a smile on his face." — Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet
Fit for Blackhawks:
A versatile forward. A strong two-way player. Plays in all situations. Competitive. These are all adjectives that describe a hockey player you want on your team.
The Blackhawks used their No. 3 overall pick last year on a center (Kirby Dach) and their two first-round picks in 2018 on defensemen (Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin), so if the organization has its eyes on a winger, Mercer certainly stands out as a potential option. With Alex DeBrincat, Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad more comfortable on the left side, Mercer would balance out the right behind Patrick Kane on the depth chart.