Happy Monday, everyone, and happy Draft Lottery Day! Today is the day that we, as fans of a rebuilding team, have been eagerly waiting for, and to say that this lottery is a bit more important than others would be a gross understatement. In less than 12 hours, we will know who has won the right to draft phenom Connor Bedard, and the picture of where the Hawks will be drafting will finally be in focus. In case you forgot, the Hawks are sitting with the 3rd best odds with an 11.5% chance of the ball going in their favor, but the lowest they can fall is 5th overall. With this being called one of the deeper draft classes in recent memory, having a guaranteed top-5 pick puts the Hawks in a fantastic position. I know that the idea of not getting Bedard is going to take away from this fact but trust me that things are going to be fine no matter where the Hawks pick first.
While the uncertainty on where the Hawks will be drafting floats around for a few more hours, one thing is for sure: today is the true first day of the next chapter of Chicago Blackhawks hockey. No matter where the Hawks draft, they will be getting a player that will potentially become the next cornerstone of the next core. With nine selections in the first 100 picks of this year’s draft and already a highly praised pipeline with players like Nazar and Korchinski, to name a few, the future of this franchise is bright. It’s going to be a tough few seasons while we wait for these kids to develop, but that doesn’t mean we can't get excited for what's around the corner.
It would be silly to ask what you are all hoping for tonight because obviously you want Bedard or Fantilli. However, I think if the Hawks don’t move up into the top 2, I would almost like to move down to 4. My reasoning for this is the wildcard that is Matvei Michkov. While he is being called the best talent in this draft after Bedard, his contract situation with the KHL makes him a gamble. If he’s still there at 4, then I think it’s easier to pull the trigger on him and take the chance, whereas if you are sitting at 3, you must really be confident that he is worth the wait.
All will be answered tonight, and we can all put our armchair GM hats on deciding what’s best for the franchise, but let’s hope it’s a simple answer and we have months of getting excited for the Bedard Era of Blackhawks Hockey.