… oh boy, 4 disappointments in the first 10 picks. Let's keep going:
* J. Schmaltz
* H. Samuelsson (hey, we know him)
* Stefan Matteau
… followed by 15 of 30 players in the 2nd round who have never played an NHL game. This includes Blackhawks pick of Dillon Fournier.
Compare this 2nd round to 2011 where only 3 players failed to reach the NHL.
Here are some more stats for your eyeballs: 49.3% of players in the 2012 draft made it to the NHL. Of those players, they averaged an NHL career of 171 games scoring an average of 21 goals.
Compare that to the year before in 2011 where 59.2% of players made the NHL. Of those, they averaged an NHL career of 174 games and 28 goals on average.
Now on to the awards:
Best Value Pick – it's a tie with back-to-back 3rd rounders - Colton Parayko, 86th (STL) & Fredrik Anderson, 87th overall (ANA) Worst Pick – Griffin Reinhart, 4th overall (NYI) "Oh Hey, I Forgot About Him" Pick – Mikhail Grigorenko, 12th (BUF)
Grigorenko is a player who is, by KHL standards, lighting it up; he registered 52 points in 55 games in the regular season which was good for 10th in the league. He kept that going in playoffs with 21 points in 20 games for lead the entire league and lead CSKA Moscow to win the Championship.
He's spent 2 years in the KHL and is only 25 years old. A random dude who could find his way back to the NHL one day.
Anyway, what do I think of the Hawks picks?
Not great, but when looking at the entire draft class, it's hard to fault them too much.
Teravainen makes sense based on who was selected around him.
There were a couple of Kelowna Rockets (Keith's former team) that I would have taken in hindsight over Fournier in the 2nd round; Colton Sissons was taken 2 picks after him, while Damon Severson was selected 12 picks after the Hawks announced Fournier.
After that, it's a crapshoot and the Hawks didn't win on any selections with the exception of Hinostroza.
Also, Matt Tompkins is still with the organization as he had a solid season in the ECHL for the Indy Fuel in 2018-19, however, he's nothing more than a depth goalie.
Overall, the Hawks loaded up on Canadians with a breakout of:
* 5 x CHL
* 1 x AJHL (same league as Ian Mitchell)
* 1 x SM-liiga (Finland)
* 1 x USHL
* 1 x US High School
I don't think this draft will score very high on my series ending rankings.