Blackhawks Select Defenseman Ian Mitchell In 2nd Round Of NHL Draft

Whether it’s turning being cut from Team Canada for the Ivan Hlinka tournament into making Team Canada for the U18s, or turning being an honorable mention from NHL Central Scouting into raising himself into the top 10, his drive and motivation to improve are considered some of his greatest strengths.”I’m speechless”, Hischier said.Ten of the top 13 picks were listed as centers.After dealing Niklas Hjalmarsson, Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte before lunch, the Hawks swapped first round picks with the Dallas Stars, moving back from 26th to 29th to select Henri Jokiharju.After a brief Stan Bowman fakeout, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane – the two draft picks who changed the course of franchise history – announced the pick.Hischier led Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rookies with 38 goals and 86 points for the Halifax Mooseheads.Eligible players up for grabs in the draft have to be aged between 18 and 20-years-old if they are North American. The skinny center (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) tallied just 27 points in 2015-16, but used his smarts and skills to explode to a 32-goal, 94-point draft year for the pro-like Portland Winterhawks.Barratt will be heading to Penn State, but his skillset certainly could translate to the National Hockey League level, as he likes getting into tough areas to score greasy goals, and he has very smooth hands when he gets the puck near the front of the net.”Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him”, general manager Ron Hextall said.