SenShot NHL Mock Draft Pick #30 – Chicago Blackhawks


The first round of the NHL draft will conclude the same way the season ended – with the Chicago Blackhawks.  The Hawks will once again have to do a little bit of housecleaning after a Stanley Cup win due to Salary Cap restrictions, but they will take that because of the Cup they just hoisted.


Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

TEAM STRENGTHS:  Stanley Cup winner, strong team presence

TEAM WEAKNESSES:  goaltending depth, cap issues


UNDER CONSIDERATION:  Laurent Dauphin, Curtis Lazar, Jacob de la Rose, Jason Dickinson, Chris Bigras

FANSIDED MOCK DRAFT PICKBlackhawk Up selected Josh Morrissey

SENSHOT’S CHOICE:   Curtis Lazar from the Edmonton Oil Kings.  With the impending loss of Dave Bolland and/or Bryan Bickell, Lazar would join an impressive list of forward prospects like Brandon Saad, Mark McNeill and Jeremy Morin.  Lazar can play any forward position and is a shooter first, so might be better on the wing. He is 6′ and will play at about 205-210 when he fills out, so he can handle NHL traffic. He has a good nose for the net and very good hands.

SENSHOT’S MOCK DRAFT TO DATE (click on team to view the selection):

1COLORADOSeth Jones, Portland (WHL)
2FLORIDAJonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
3TAMPANathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
4NASHVILLEValeri Nichushkin, Chelijabinsk 2 (KHL)
5CAROLINADarnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
6CALGARYSean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
7EDMONTONNikita Zadorov, London (OHL)
8BUFFALOMax Domi, London (OHL)
9NEW JERSEYAlexsander Barkov, Tappera (FIN)
10DALLASHunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
11PHILADELPHIAZachary Furcale, Halifax (QMJHL)
12PHOENIXAnthony Mantha, Val D’Or (QMJHL)
13WINNIPEGElias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL)
14COLUMBUSBo Horvat, London (OHL)
15NYIAdam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL)
16BUFFALOFrederik Gauthier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
17OTTAWARobert Hagg, Modo (SEL)
18DETROITAlexander Wennburg, Djurgardens (SEL)
19COLUMBUSSamuel Morin, Rimouski (QMJHL)
20SAN JOSEKerby Rychel, Windsor (OHL)
21TORONTORasmus Ristolainen, Turko (FIN)
22CALGARYNicolas Petan, Portland (WHL)
23WASHINGTONRyan Pulock, Brandon (WHL)
24VANCOUVERRyan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
25MONTREALValentin Zykov, Baie Comeau (QMJHL)
26ANAHEIMJosh Morrissey, Prince Albert (WHL)
27COLUMBUSAndre Burakovsky, Malmo (SEL)
28CALGARYMirco Mueller, Everett (WHL)
29DALLASMorgan Klimchuk, Regina (WHL)
30CHICAGOCurtis Lazar, Chicago(WHL)