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.
Here's how the 2019 NBA Draft is shaking out with some quick analysis on each pick.
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
A no-brainer pick for the Pelicans. Williamson is as close to a perfect prospect as the league has seen since LeBron James in 2003. He's the face of the franchise and a team that will rebuild quickly post-Anthony Davis.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
The second best prospect in the class and a player who fills a need for the Grizzlies in the wake of trading away 12-year veteran Mike Conley. Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. is a heckuva 1-2 punch to begin a rebuild.
3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke
He's not a perfect prospect but Barrett should do well in New York. He knows what it's like playing with big names (Zion Williamson), and he'll fit nicely alongside the free agent(s) the Knicks bring in with their max cap space.
4. Atlanta Hawks (via NO, LA): De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
The Hawks paid a steep price to move up four spots and make sure they got their man. They're set offensively with Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Heurter and now have a defensive whiz in Hunter.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
He was the best prospect available and head coach John Beilein likes two ball handlers in his backcourts, so both he and last year's top pick, Collin Sexton, should be able to co-exist.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves (via PHX): Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
The Timberwolves are big winners on draft night. They got one of the better prospects in the draft and all it cost them was Dario Saric. Culver is an outstanding two-way guard who is a jump shot away from being an All-Star.
7. Chicago Bulls: Coby White, PG, North Carolina
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