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5 Facts about Hawks' No. 17 overall pick, Lukas Reichel

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During Day 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday, the Blackhawks selected German forward Lukas Reichel at No. 17 overall with their first pick.

Here's five facts about the newest member of the Hawks organization:

1. He played against the Blackhawks with Eisbaren Berlin of the DEL in an exhibition game in Germany last year before the Hawks headed to Prague to open the season against the Philadelphia Flyers. 

2. Reichel is only 18, with a May 17 birthday. It could be a while until we see him in a Hawks sweater, but the good news for the youngster is that the Blackhawks' forward prospect pool isn't nearly as deep as the one for defensemen. He even gave his own timeline to show on a Zoom call with media following his selection, "Two years."

3. Lukas has proved to have a strong defensive game. Eliteprospects.com's 2020 Draft Guide said of the forward, "He's an unrelenting forechecker and backchecker, never gives up on a play, and wins battles through second efforts. Reichel is a pretty capable puck-handler too, even at top-speed carrying the puck through a defender's triangle, showing a predilection for outside-in maneuvers, and deploying weight shifts to avoid contact."

4. He's the nephew of former NHL center Robert Reichel, who played with the Calgary Flames, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes and Toronto Maple Leafs, finishing his career with 630 points in 830 games.

5. Growing up, Reichel's favorite player was Patrick Kane. "My favorite team was always Chicago. Now I’m a Blackhawk, too, and that’s so awesome," he said. 

 
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