Defenseman Dillon Fournier has modeled his game after Duncan Keith since he watched the Blackhawks defenseman win the Stanley Cup two years ago. In a few years, he could be his teammate.
Fournier was the Blackhawks second-round selection (48th overall) as the 2012 NHL Entry Draft continued on Saturday. Chris Calnan, a right wing from the Boston area whose uncle is former Blackhawks forward Jeremy Roenick, was taken in the third round.
The Blackhawks traded their fourth-round pick to San Jose in exchange for the 191st overall selection today, as well as a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound Fournier, who played last season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, has tried to emulate Keith on the ice.
He was unbelievable (in the Cup run) and I try to play a lot like him, said Fournier, whos considered a strong skater with an offensive upside and good work ethic. Itll be fun to watch him, even in camps.
Fournier said hed like to sign with the Blackhawks and play with them as soon as possible, but its more likely that hell head back to the QMJHL for another season.
Theres still some development Id like to do, he said.
RW, 6-2, 190
Noble & Greenough HS (Mass.)
The Blackhawks tap into the Boston-area market once again (where theyve already gotten the likes of Ben Smith as well as Kevin and Jimmy Hayes) to grab Calnan. The forward, whos headed to Boston College in 2013, considers himself a power forward.
Im just a gritty forward who will drive the net, drive wide, go to the dirty areas, said Calnan, who was excited to join his Boston brethren. I know Kevin (Hayes) really well. Hes an unbelievable kid and hes been helpful to me. I appreciate everything hes done for me.
That goes for his uncle Jeremy Roenick, too, who talked to Calnan yesterday.
He just gave me tips and told me to hang in there and be patient, that its a long road, Calnan said. Im just looking forward to getting better and improving more.
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