Will the Blackhawks Tank for Next Year's Draft?

Published July 23, 2023 at 1:03
BY RYAN
     
Many general managers salivate at the prospect of acquiring a generational talent, often resulting in dreadful performances from the respective NHL team.

The Chicago Blackhawks have experienced this twice in their history, prompting fan outrage and demands for change. This year, they managed to secure Connor Bedard, a generational talent, through strategic trading. Now, the question arises whether they will tank again to secure the promising prospect, Macklin Celebrini, who is projected to be the top selection in the 2024 entry draft.

Macklin Celebrini, a 17-year-old from Vancouver, BC, standing at 5 foot 11 and weighing 185 pounds, currently plays for the Chicago Steel of USHL. Last season, he showcased impressive skills, scoring 46 goals with 40 assists for a total of 86 points in 40 games. The hype surrounding Celebrini makes him a highly anticipated prospect for the 2024 draft.




Considering the Blackhawks' ongoing rebuilding process, it is likely that they will not finish higher than a lottery pick next year. As the team continues to rebuild, more players may leave the organization, allowing the Blackhawks to recoup assets and draft picks. This could involve trading some recently acquired veterans before the deadline.

While the Edmonton Oilers' repeated first-overall picks were a unique occurrence, it has not been replicated since. The Blackhawks' chances of obtaining a top-five pick seem likely, but securing the first overall pick again might prove more challenging.

In the quest for a top selection in the 2024 entry draft, the Blackhawks face the dilemma of whether to tank once more. The previous success in landing Connor Bedard through strategic trading raises expectations among fans. As they continue their rebuilding efforts, the team will be under scrutiny, and fans will eagerly await the outcome of their draft strategy.
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Will the Blackhawks Tank for Next Year's Draft?

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