VANCOUVER — For months, Blackhawks fans have been studying every mock draft there is to get an idea of who their team might take when they pick third overall on Friday.
With the NHL Draft one day away, let's look at who the experts are saying will go No. 3 overall to the Blackhawks:
Kevin Allen, USA TODAY: C Alex Turcotte
Craig Button, TSN: C Alex Turcotte
Adam Kimelman, NHL.com: C Alex Turcotte
Sam Kosentino, Sportsnet: C Trevor Zegras
Steve Kournianos, Sporting News: D Bowen Byram
Guillaume Lepage, NHL.com: C Dylan Cozens
Mike Morreale, NHL.com: C Alex Turcotte
Chris Peters, ESPN: C Alex Turcotte
Corey Pronman, The Athletic: D Bowen Byram
In total: five experts picked Turcotte, who led the way; two experts picked Byram, one expert picked Cozens; and one expert picked Zegras. The Blackhawks clearly have options at No. 3. And we will find out soon enough who it will be.
From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.
Weight: 170 pounds
Scouting report from NHL.com draft expert Adam Kimelman:
The most talented player in the draft should be the first one selected. The 18-year-old has a package of skating, passing, vision and hockey sense that's reminiscent of Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane."
NHL player comparable: Connor McDavid/Patrick Kane
Fit for Blackhawks:
Listen, we know. Hughes isn't going to be on the board at No. 3. But let's dream just for one minute because when the Blackhawks jumped into the top-three on lottery night, the thought crept into everyone's minds.
Hughes is one of the most talented players to ever come out of the United States National Development Program, and is the most pro-ready out of any prospect in this year's draft. He could step onto an NHL team tomorrow and play in a top-six role seamlessly.
Stylistically, Hughes' game is reminiscent of McDavid and Kane: A playmaker, goal scorer, smooth skater, unreal vision, high hockey IQ. He is the complete package. And just wait until he adds some muscle to his frame under the care of an NHL organization.
If the Blackhawks landed the No. 1 overall pick, their center depth for the next 7-8 years could've consisted of Hughes, Dylan Strome and Jonathan Toews. Alright, now back to reality.