Kyle Davidson breaks the silence on Chicago's No. 2 overall draft selection

June 9, 2024  (3:40 PM)

Ivan Demidov and Artyom Levshunov
Photo credit: The Hockey News

The Chicago Blackhawks have two top-picks in the NHL Entry Draft at #2 and #18 and of course, they want to add talent to make the team, contenders in the future.

With the process come deliberation, and it seems as if GM Kyle Davidson and the Blackhawks will have much more to do.
As it seems, they could swing towards either Ivan Demidov, Artyom Levshunov or someone else, they've not named right now.

#Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson said they're still deciding who to take at No. 2: "I'd say the debate is still very real. I thought we would have a little, maybe a decision at this point, which is not a bad thing at all, but I think there are some really good options out there."

Ivan Demidov and Artyom Levshunov have been considered the 2nd overall consensus pick, depending upon the pundit and who you talk to.
With Demidov announcing he wants to come to the NHL next year, you'd think that help push his stock value up, but it appears not to be the case.
Davidson, Brian Campbell and the team still has plenty of work left to do in order to find a legitimate 2nd overall pick.
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The Athletic: Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State University
ESPN: Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State University
SportsGrid: Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State University

Another consensus at No. 2 here. Levshunov is considered the best defenseman in this class with standout athleticism and physicality. His passing is a plus as well and he could develop into an impact player sooner than later with scoring potential.

ESPN: "The Blackhawks could use a high-end talent on the back end and right-handed defensemen who are excellent in transition are a rare commodity. Pairing him with Alex Vlasic or Kevin Korchinski for years to come must be a tantalizing proposition for GM Kyle Davidson."

SportsGrid: "The Chicago Blackhawks will have a difficult choice to make with the second overall pick. Whether they opt for a potential linemate for Connor Bedard in Ivan Demidov, or a future number one defenseman in Artyom Levshunov. The Blackhawks land on the potential 25-minute-per-night defenseman here."

As it seems, nothing is certain until draft day arrives, but there's plenty of options to choose from, in the top-20 prospects of this draft class.
Source: USA Today
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Kyle Davidson breaks the silence on Chicago's No. 2 overall draft selection

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