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: 176 pounds
"Noel Gunler is a really good-sized winger and has a really great skill set." — Blackhawks Vice President of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley
"The 6-2, 176-pound forward possesses good passing skills, shot selection and willingness to drive to the net to create offense ... He has intimidating size and earned big minutes on the power play with his soft hands and playmaking ability." — Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com
"A wildcard for a number of reasons, including limited playing time, being excluded from international teams, and inconsistency. Those factors work against his elite scoring ability." — Sam Cosentino, Sportsnet
Fit for Blackhawks:
Gunler is one of the more physically advanced wingers in the draft and turns 19 on Oct. 7, putting him ahead of the development curve than some of the other prospects. He also played 45 games in the Swedish Hockey League last season as an 18-year-old, which could make his eventual transition to the NHL a smooth one considering he's already playing against men.
The Blackhawks' philosophy has always been to take the player who could have the biggest impact in the long term, not the short term, but Gunler could be someone who knocks out two birds with one stone if he lives up to his potential. And he would also fit an organizational need as a right winger.