The Blackhawks weren’t looking to fill immediate needs in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft; they have enough prospects waiting in the wings that can do that. This weekend, they were looking for talent to cultivate, talent to develop. And they seemed to find it. The Blackhawks drafted nine players, a mix of centers, wings, defensemen and goaltenders, as they wrapped up their 2014 draft on Saturday afternoon. It was a good haul for the Blackhawks, who were especially happy to get center Nick Schmaltz with their first-round pick on Friday night. But from Schmaltz to Jack Ramsey, the team’s seventh-round selection, it was a good weekend for the Blackhawks. “We had a lot of picks and added to that, so we walked away with a nice mixture, guys at every position,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “What we wanted to do was address needs across the board: wingers, defensemen, centers, goalie. We’re happy with the breadth of players.” Mark Kelley, the team’s director of scouting, echoed those sentiments. “We’re very happy,” he said. “As a whole, on the depth chart we filled a lot of things. But Schmaltz to start things off last night was huge for us. We look at his skill set to be right around the top of the draft.”
Bowman on Hawks' draft: 'We’re happy with the breadth of players'
CSN Chicago | Jun 29