Blackhawks NHL Draft capsules: Scouting reports and analysis

A recap of the Blackhawks' selections in the 2020 NHL Draft and their scouting reports, including analysis from VP of amateur scouting Mark Kelley.

Round 1, pick No. 17: Lukas Reichel, left wing

Round 2, pick No. 46: Drew Commesso, goaltender

— What you need to know: Commesso, 18, went 18-7-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and three shutouts last season for the U.S. National Under 18 Team. He is committed to play at Boston University for the 2020-21 season.

— Scouting report: Commesso is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound netminder whose strengths are his quickness and athleticism. He was ranked No. 2 on the NHL Central Scouting Rankings among North American goaltenders. 

"I'm a very calm and efficient goalie," Commesso said. "You won't really find me scrambling or making those crazy highlight-reel saves much. I'd rather just make the simple save in my chest. I try to simplify the game as much as possible and be very efficient, and I think that helps my team a lot too, just in the hectic moments of the game knowing that I have everything under control. There's a lot of things I want to work on as well. As I go into college, the game's going to get faster and I want to work on my rebound control and skating. Those are two big areas."

— Player reaction: "I knew the Hawks were on the radar. Draft day, you don't really know who's going to pick you. I went into it with a blank mind. Any team can pick me at any point. That really helped me calm the nerves a little bit. As it got later on in the second round today, I knew that my pick could come up. I talked to the Blackhawks a lot and they're a world-class organization. They brought us out to dinner and stuff. I couldn't say good enough things about their scouting department. I'm just really excited to be a Blackhawk."

 

— Analysis from Kelley: "Athletic goaltender, really good size. He’s a bright kid, he’s a student of the game. A lot of times we don’t talk about goaltenders and the goaltenders’ hockey sense, but with Drew, I think it’s obvious. His IQ, he understands how the play develops. So I think that bodes well for him. "

Round 3, pick No. 79: Landon Slaggert, left wing

— What you need to know: Slaggert, 18, registered 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 47 games last season with the U.S. National Under 18 Team. He also had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 19 games for the U.S. National Development Team Program Junior team. He is committed to play at Notre Dame for the 2020-21 season.

— Scouting report: Slaggert is 6-feet, 180 pounds and carries a left-handed shot. He can play center or wing, and is known to be a solid two-way forward.

"I see my game as a 200-foot game," Slaggert said. "I think I bring a lot of energy on the ice and I’m a tough player to play against and I think I can continue that at Notre Dame and continue it in Chicago with the Blackhawks."

— Player reaction: "My dad is from Saginaw, Michigan, so he kind of recruited us into being Red Wings fans. But then I played a lot of my youth hockey in Chicago for the Chicago Mission. Being around my friends and my teammates, I kind of became a Blackhawks fan. They definitely have a soft spot in my heart and definitely an honor being picked by a team I grew up rooting for."

— Analysis from Kelley: "What we liked about Landon’s game is it’s 200 foot, compete, very responsible, he has a very good skill set, a good skater. We know he’s a really good teammate, the coach likes him, he’s a guy that you want on his team." 

Round 3, pick No. 81: Wyatt Kaiser, defenseman

— What you need to know: Kaiser, 18, compiled 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 25 games last season as captain for the Andover Huskies and was named the top senior defenseman in Minnesota high school hockey. He also had nine points (two goals, seven assists) in six postseason contests. He is committed to play at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2020-21 season.

— Scouting report: Kaiser is 6-feet, 173 pounds and carries a left-handed shot. He's known to be a dependable two-way defenseman who can play in all situations.

"I think my skating is a big thing," Kaiser said. "Skating and moving the puck fast. I think some of my weakness is the offensive side of the game, just figuring out to be more offensive."

 

— Player reaction: "I was just super excited to get drafted by Chicago, such a great organization."

— Analysis from Kelley: "A little bit maybe behind the curve a little bit, but he’s a true freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. We’ve been in contact there with their coaches, they’re very, very high on him. We expect him to go in and have a pretty prominent role right from the start. Very good skater, moves the puck well. Very competitive kid."

Round 4, pick No. 110: Michael Krutil, defenseman

— What you need to know: Krutil, 18, recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in 19 games last season for HC Sparta Praha Under 20 Team. He's been plagued by injuries over the last couple seasons.

— Scouting report: Krutil is 6-foot-3, 203 pounds and carries a right-handed shot. He's a big-bodied blue liner who's more of a physical presence.

"My strongest part of my game is my physical play, my skating and my passing," Krutil said. "I think I'm really good in the defensive zone and I'm also good at making offensive plays."

— Player reaction: "It’s awesome. Chicago is [an] awesome organization and it’s my favorite team, so I’m real excited to be part of this organization."

— Analysis from Kelley: "Michael is a little bit behind the curve, very good skater, moves the puck well. Very good chance that he will be on the Czech Under-20 team. Right now he is playing with a Division I team in the Czech Republic, eventually he’ll be moving on to Kelowna in the WHL."

Round 5, pick No. 141: Isaak Phillips, defenseman

— What you need to know: Phillips, 19, registered 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 63 games last season for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. 

— Scouting report: Phillips is 6-foot-2, 193 pounds and carries a left-handed shot. He's a great skater and can play in all situations.

"I would say I’m a two-way defenseman who has good skating and good size," Phillips said. "I’m a guy that likes to jump up into the place and likes to use my feet to add to that second wave. But I’m also a guy who can defend in his own end, big reach, big body. I think I’m just coming into my own. I think I’m going to really show my defensive size this year while being able to add some offense as well."

— Player reaction: "Long day for sure, but I don’t think it could have played out any better. Chicago was one of the top places I wanted to be."

— Analysis from Kelley: "The interesting thing about Isaak, we would go up to watch [Quinton] Byfield, Jack Thompson, and in watching them, it’s like, 'Who’s this guy?' He always caught our eye. Athletic, very good skater. Very, very competitive. He just has a great presence on the ice."

 

Round 6, pick No. 172: Chad Yetman, center/right wing

— What you need to know: Yetman, 20, accumulated 74 points (43 goals, 31 assists) in 61 games last season for the Erie Otters of the OHL. 

— Scouting report: Yetman is listed at 5-foot-11, 176 pounds and carries a right-handed shot. He can play any of the three forward positions and is known for his quickness and hockey IQ.

"I'm a 200-foot centerman," Yetman said. "I can play wing, I have played wing, but I prefer center. I have some offensive ability, I can put the puck in the net when I need to, and I'm responsible in my own end."

— Player reaction: "Getting passed over in two drafts and now getting selected means a whole bunch. I've put in a lot of work and just been trying to prove everyone wrong. I didn't have expectations at all, I've gone through the process twice like I said before and I'm just happy that someone took a chance on me and they won't regret it."

— Analysis from Kelley: "Best way to describe him is it took two years for him to grow on us, but every year we’ve seen improvement. Another one, we’d go in to see Jamie Drysdale play and it’s, 'Who’s this guy?' Every game you went to see Erie play, you noticed him."

Round 7, pick No. 188: Louis Crevier, defenseman

— What you need to know: Crevier, 19, registered 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 59 games last season for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL. 

— Scouting report: Crevier is listed at 6-foot-8, 209 pounds and carries a right-handed shot. He is considered to be a defensive defenseman and compares his game to Tyler Myers and Colton Parayko.

"I'm more of a shutdown defenseman," Crevier said. "I have a pretty good shot too so I can make some goals and make some offensive opportunities, but I'm more focused on my defensive aspect of the game and shutting down the other team's best players."

— Player reaction: "It's kind of been a long night, but the wait was rewarded at the end. I'm really proud to be with the Blackhawks and for sure it's a moment that I'll remember for the rest of my life."

— Analysis from Kelley: "Very, very responsible, competitive. What you notice about him, when the other team’s best player was on the ice, Louis was on the ice to defend."

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