Blackhawks to pick eighth overall in 2018 NHL Draft


Blackhawks to pick eighth overall in 2018 NHL Draft

The last time the Blackhawks were invested in the NHL Draft lottery, they landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 despite having an 8.1 percent chance and took Patrick Kane.

They weren't that lucky this time around, but they still got decent results on Saturday when it was revealed that the Blackhawks will pick eighth overall when the draft is held in Dallas on June 22-23. And that was to be expected. 

Here's what the Blackhawks' chances were going into the day:

No. 1 pick: 6.5 percent
No. 2 pick: 6.8 percent
No. 3 pick: 7.1 percent
No. 4 pick: 0 percent
No. 5 pick: 0 percent
No. 6 pick: 0 percent
No. 7 pick: 26 percent
No. 8 pick: 39.5 percent
No. 9 pick: 13.1 percent
No. 10 pick: 1 percent

The fact the Blackhawks stayed inside the Top 8 is good news, because they'll still be able to grab a player that could potentially make an immediate impact in the NHL.

Sean Couturier (2011), Rasmus Ristolainen (2013), William Nylander (2014), Zach Werenski (2015) and Casey Mittelstadt (2017) are among the most recent notable players who have gone eighth overall.

The Blackhawks have drafted eighth three times in franchise history: Mark Bell (1998), Jeremy Roenick (1988) and Jimmy Waite (1987). 

The Blackhawks also have a later first-round pick — acquired in the Ryan Hartman trade — that will be determined by where the Nashville Predators finish in the playoffs.

Full 2018 draft order, from 1-15:

No. 1: Buffalo Sabres
No. 2: Carolina Hurricanes
No. 3: Montreal Canadiens
No. 4: Ottawa Senators
No. 5: Arizona Coyotes
No. 6: Detroit Red Wings
No. 7: Vancouver Canucks
No. 8: Blackhawks
No. 9: New York Rangers
No. 10: Edmonton Oilers
No. 11: New York Islanders
No. 12: New York Islanders
No. 13: Dallas Stars
No. 14: Philadelphia Flyers
No. 15: Florida Panthers

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

After staying out of the public eye since his historic emergency relief appearance, Scott Foster emerged in Vegas at the NHL Awards and it was perfect. 

The 36-year-old accountant fittingly presented the Vezina Trophy award for the league's top goaltender and joked that he needed to speed it up because he had to get back to work.

Check him out on stage:

What a moment. And well done, NHL. 

Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in 14:01 of action in the Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 30.

Nashville Predators netminder Pekke Rinne took home the award, but you can't argue against Foster's 1.000 career save percentage.

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the points on the power play. He is a point-producer with size, who defends and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

NHL player comparable: Brent Burns

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks lacked defensemen that generated offense last year. They also lacked defenders than can ... defend. Dobson is a player who can do both, and if he slips past Vancouver at No. 7, the Blackhawks may have a difficult decision on their hands.

Dobson could solve some of those defensive issues, but it likely wouldn't be in time for the 2018-19 season. He needs time to develop properly.

The Blackhawks like to evaluate prospects based on what their ceiling is and where they're at in their development curve, and if they see major upside here, they'll go for it. It just depends if there's somebody available that they like better.