What They're Saying About Blackhawks First-Rounder (No. 13 Overall) Frank Nazar

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What They’re Saying About Blackhawks First-Rounder (No. 13 Overall) Frank Nazar

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If the Alex DeBrincat trade didn’t put you on your heels, Kyle Davidson doubled down on the fire sale with the trade of Kirby Dach. Chicago acquired the No. 13 and 66 overall picks in this year’s draft in that deal.

At No. 13, the Blackhawks picked an electrifying young forward who is headed to the University of Michigan this fall. So what are people saying about Frank Nazar?

Chicago plucked another U.S. national team development program player in Nazar. What the Detroit native lacks in size, he makes up for in tenacity, speed and agility. Nazar showed off his explosive potential popping in 28 goals and 70 points in 56 games, and was reliably relentless in every facet of his game. Nazar’s instincts stand out too, in the way he can feel and elude pressure from defensemen to create space. Nazar could develop into an impactful top-six skater for the Blackhawks as he continues adding strength and honing the skills in his repertoire. He’s similar in ways to the player Chicago traded away earlier in the day, Alex DeBrincat. The Blackhawks would be lucky to see Nazar grow into a similar kind of difference-maker.

  • If it feels like Nazar’s profile feels familiar, it’s because it should.
  • Chris Peters of FloHockey ranked Nazar his seventh-ranked prospect in the entire draft. Peters called him “tenacious” and said the motor doesn’t stop.
  • Elite Prospects has Nazar as the fifth-ranked player on their ‘Elite Prospects 2022 NHL Draft Board’:
  • Patrick Bacon of Top Down Hockey ranked Nazar 10th overall and while he believes his size makes him a risk to make it to the NHL, Bacon noted that Nazar brings solid upside to the table in Chicago:
  • Another DeBrincat comp of Nazar, this time by NBC Sports Chicago‘s Jame Neveau:
  • Frank Nazar has been called the prospect with the most elite upside and a player who can create the best possible play on the ice as a centerman. Here’s a must-watch breakdown of Nazar’s game:
  • Byron Bader of Hockey Prospecting has Nazar being picked exactly where he ranked him at No. 13. Bader called Nazar “another gem from the US development program that’s churning them out left and right these days” and compared Nazar to Flyers center Sean Couturier:
  • Nazar told reporters last night that he tries to emulate his game after Brayden Point:
  • We’ll wrap this up with a highlight package and interview with Nazar, courtesy of the NHL Network:

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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