VANCOUVER — A recap of the Blackhawks' selections in the 2019 NHL Draft, and their scouting reports, including analysis from VP of amateur scouting Mark Kelley:
Round 1, pick 3: Kirby Dach, center
Round 2, pick No. 43: Alex Vlasic, defenseman
— What you need to know: Vlasic, 18, is a Wilmette native and played for the Chicago Mission. He compiled 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 27 games for the United States National Team Development Program junior team last season, and 27 points (four goals, 23 assists) in 61 games for the Under-18 team. He also registered one assist in seven games at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship for Team USA.
Vlasic is committed to play at Boston University next season and expects to play there for at least two years before making the jump to the NHL. His cousin is Sharks defenseman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic, somebody he idolizes and tries modeling his game after.
— Scouting report: Vlasic is a 6-foot-6, 198 pound defenseman and described himself to be a "defensive defenseman, kind of a shutdown guy." He's a player that wants to be out there in the final five minutes protecting a lead.
— Player reaction: "It's kind of a crazy moment. I didn't know which team was going to pick me, and then for the hometown team to call my name out there was pretty crazy. I know my family members were pumped for sure."
— Analysis from Kelley: "When you watch him play, his size and length gives him a great presence. He's very efficient, clean moving the puck. For a guy that size he has good mobility. I just think the whole package he fit in well with that team and I think his size gives his teammates a little bit of space too."
Round 4, pick No. 105: Michal Teplý, forward
— What you need to know: Teplý, 18, registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in eight games for Bili Tygri Liberec Under-19 team before joing the top division in the Czech Republic, where he accumulated two points (both assists) in 15 games. He played the rest of the season with HC Benatky and Jizerou, where he racked up 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 23 games.
Teplý also tallied three assists in five games for the Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was the 14th-ranked European skater by NHL's Central Scouting.
— Scouting report: Teplý is a 6-foot-3, 187-pound winger and is known to be strong and creative with the puck. His best attributes include stickhandling and passing.
— Player reaction: "I'm an offensive player. I like to score goals."
— Analysis from Kelley: "Big, right shot, usually plays on the off side. He's a shooter. Great one-timer, real good wrist shot, good skater. One of the things that was very attractive for us this year was every time we went to see him, incrementally, month to month, his skating was getting better. I think with the growth spurt that he had, he's growing into his body acclimating and he's an exciting player for us."
Round 4, pick No. 123: Antti Saarela, forward
— What you need to know: Saarela, 17, registered 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 24 games for Lukko in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland. He also recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in five games at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship for Finland, which captured the gold medal. He was the 24th-ranked European skater by NHL's Central Scouting.
— Scouting report: Saarela is a 6-foot, 190-pound center who's known to have great puck skills and plays with high energy.
— Analysis from Kelley: "I think the best way to describe him is he plays fast, he's very competitive, very hard, a real good pursuit guy, has a good skillset but I think it's his overall 200-foot game that's attractive."
Round 6, pick No. 167: Dominic Basse, goaltender
— What you need to know: Basse, 18, posted a 1.91 goals against average and .924 save percentage in 42 games for Select Hockey Academy Under-18 team. He also appeared in two regular-season games at the United States Premier Hockey League level, where he had a 1.50 GAA and .938 save percentage and also a 2.67 GAA and .938 save percentage in two postseason contests.
— Scouting report: Basse is listed at 6-foot-6, 179 pounds. From The Athletic's goalie expert Cat Silverman: "Should need a little adjustment jumping to DI NCAA after spending most of his high school playing for a DC-area high school, but good size and he's been head and shoulders above the competition for a few years."
— Analysis from Kelley: "The first time I went to see him this year I drove in a snowstorm. Luckily it was 45 minutes from my house to get there and I got there and I get situated and I looked out there, watched a little warmups, the game starts and he was on the bench. So he was coming off between periods, he was the last guy and I said to him, 'Hey, you! When are you playing?' And he told me: 'I'm going to be the starter tomorrow and Monday.' So I came back. He caught my eye. But on him, [head USA scout] Mike Doneghey and [goaltending scout] Dan Ellis ... they liked him. I think what we liked is the project. He's going to Colorado College, they're very, very high on him. That one's going to take a little bit of time development, but he's 6-5, athletic."
Round 7, pick No. 194: Cole Moberg, defenseman
— What you need to know: Moberg, 18, has spent the last two seasons with Prince George in the Western Hockey League, where he accumulated 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 61 games this past season. His minus-33 rating ranked towards the bottom of the WHL, but his offensive production spiked from Year 1 to Year 2.
— Scouting report: Moberg is a 6-foot-3, 198-pound defenseman and is known to have great hockey sense, is competive and has an absolute cannon of a shot. He has experience playing forward.
— Analysis from Kelley: "Right-shot defenseman. A little behind the curve for us. We thought this year he really came on. Playing at Prince George isn't the easiest with the travel and what have you, but he's game he just kept getting better and better. We brought him into Chicago, thought he did real well in the off-ice training and then on the ice also."