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A serious injury changes the Chicago Blackhawks' 2024 NHL draft plans


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April 28, 2024  (11:24)
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Ivan Demidov's Injury Alters Chicago Blackhawks' Draft Plans

The Chicago Blackhawks and their fans are eagerly waiting the upcoming NHL draft.
The Chicago Blackhawks, who were 31st in the standings (23-53-6), will have the second-best odds at 13.5 percent, followed by the Anaheim Ducks (27-50-5) at 11.5 percent.
With the second-best odds, hopes were high for landing a top pick to strengthen the team.
However, a significant hurdle has emerged with news concerning young forward Ivan Demidov, touted as the second-best player available in the draft, following concerning reports.
Demidov, an 18-year-old winger from St. Petersburg in the KHL, impressed with a break-through season, recording 60 points in 30 games.
Unfortunately, Demidov recently suffered a serious knee injury, raising concerns about his draft prospects. Demidov is reportedly sidelined, using crutches and a walking boot on his left foot.
Injuries so close to the draft often unsettle teams and can cause a player's draft stock to plummet, and it seems with the Blackhawks likely earning the second overall pick this summer, their draft plans will be majorly altered.
Not only for the Blackhawks, but other teams interested in Demidov, this injury will prompt a reassessment of their draft strategies.
Source: Habsfanatics.com
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