Discussing the BN Blackhawks Top 20 Prospect Rankings (And Other Blackhawks Bullets)

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Discussing the BN Blackhawks Top 20 Prospect Rankings (And Other Blackhawks Bullets)

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Good morning, Blackhawks fans; this will be a short one today. There’s not a whole lot going on in the Blackhawks/NHL world, but this is a perfect time to remind you about some of the recent work here that you should check out if you missed it and you’re looking for something to scratch your hockey itch.

  • Let’s start with the BN Blackhawks Top 20 Prospect Rankings that Tab put together featuring all 11 of the Blackhawks 2022 draft picks. (warning: spoilers ahead)
  • If you’ve already checked it out, you’ve noticed that top draft pick Kevin Korchinski landed in the top spot, overtaking the former Lukas Reichel. Korchinski’s ceiling is sky-high, and I don’t think that takes away anything from what Reichel brings to the table; I just believe that Korchinski has more upside to dream on.
  • Besides, Reichel likely won’t be a prospect much longer. Instead, the 20-year-old forward should spend most (if not all) of the season in Chicago with Kyle Davidson and the Blackhawks burning a year of his entry-level contract late last season. Nevertheless, Reichel played well enough to warrant an extended look in Chicago this season.
  • Frank Nazar came in at No. 3, which is fine. However, with the top three here, we’re probably splitting hairs if we were to argue their positions, even though I think that Nazar is already the best forward prospect in the organization, including Reichel.
  • All in all, Tab did a great job with the list. The only place I can see a valid argument against would be Ian Mitchell at No. 4. Mitchell had a solid season in Rockford. It was wise of Kyle Davidson and company to leave him there to build back some confidence lost last season, but it’s probably now or never for the 23-year-old defenseman as far as his prospect status is concerned. Mitchell will likely play a third pairing role to open the season, and he’ll need to prove he can tap into his potential sooner than later.
  • Sticking with the prospects here, Tab put together a list of 11 Blackhawks looking to showcase their skills further at next month’s WJC:
  • If you missed it yesterday, I had some thoughts on the blockbuster trade between the Flames and Panthers that saw a pair of 100-point forwards switch teams:
  • Dylan Strome was a man on a mission to prove his worth for the second half of last season, yet the Blackhawks didn’t see Strome in their plans at his qualifying offer price of just over $3 million.
  • For some reason, the rest of the league sees Strome about the same as indicated by his one-year, $3.5 million deal in free agency. Ben Pope of the Sun-Times explores in his latest column:
  • Tracey Myers discusses the new acquisitions and takes a stab at what the opening night lineup might look like for the Blackhawks:
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  • The MLB trade deadline is right around the corner; here’s some of the latest to keep an eye on:
  • That’s it for today. Enjoy your Sunday!

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.