What They're Saying About Blackhawks First-Rounder (No. 25 Overall) Sam Rinzel

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What They’re Saying About Blackhawks First-Rounder (No. 25 Overall) Sam Rinzel

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If you thought that Kyle Davidson was done last night after acquiring two first-rounders in trades for Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach, you were mistaken. Davidson traded into the first round for the third time when he sent the 38th overall selection to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Petr Mrazek and the 25th selection in the draft.

Davidson and the Blackhawks took defenseman Sam Rinzel at No. 25 on Thursday night.

Not too shabby. The Blackhawks turned a second-rounder (which they have a glutton of) into a veteran goaltender (remember, only Arvid Söderblom was under contract in net for the Hawks next season) in Mrazek and a defenseman prospect in Rinzel.

Let’s round up the chatter on Rinzel from last night.

Not to put too fine a point on the scope of the Blackhawks’ rebuild, but they used the 25th pick on a high school player. OK, Rinzel did also play for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL along with his 27 games with Minnesota’s Chaska High School Hawks. Rinzel is 6-4, a smooth skater and has a right-hand shot. But he’s a total project for a team that’s obviously thinking long term.

  • Patrick Bacon of Top Down Hockey called Rinzel a “big boy” (6-4, 181 lbs) but wasn’t high on him other than his size.
  • Elite Prospects‘ draft card on Rinzel:
  • Rinzel’s pre-draft rankings:
  • Chris Peters of Top Down Hockey had Rinzel pegged at No. 29 and called him a raw prospect that will take some time (he’s a high school draft pick) who had flashes of higher-end rush ability and more:
  • As noted above, Rinzel is a high school draft pick who is one of four drafted in the first 37 picks set to head to Minnesota for their college hockey:
  • An interview with Rinzel by ABC local affiliate KSTP:
  • Some video analysis on Rinzel by Daniel Gee of Elite Prospects. Gee called his offensive habits “immature” but noted that the upside of the youngster is palpable:
  • Mitchell Brown of Elite Prospects with some insight and clips of Rinzel’s three-game USHL stint:

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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