Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

Posted June 25, 2017

Whether it's turning being cut from Team Canada for the Ivan Hlinka tournament into making Team Canada for the U18s, or turning being an honorable mention from NHL Central Scouting into raising himself into the top 10, his drive and motivation to improve are considered some of his greatest strengths. "You can't describe it".

Usually, a front office member announces the pick, but the Hawks enlisted the services of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to do the honor. Defensemen Miro Heiskanen (No. 3 overall to Dallas) and Cale Makar (No. 4 to Colorado) and right wing Owen Tippett (No. 10 to Florida) were the only exceptions. He played on the U.S. Under-18 team this past season, netting 18 goals and 38 assists in 63 games.

The 18-year-old Finnish defenseman registered eight-multi point games and finished fourth on the Portland Waterhawks in scoring in his first WHL season. He spent the previous two seasons in the Swiss pro league, where he was coached by current Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher.

The Blackhawks followed up that pick with two more selections in the third round, and with the first pick they took forward Andrei Altybarmakyan out of Russian Federation.

Hischier fits in nicely with general manager Ray Shero's desire to put a faster team on the ice.

"Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season". His jersey shouldn't be ignored - Portland consistently produces players who understand the pro game and quickly fit into National Hockey League squads. "Obviously, it's an historic day, and to be part of the Vegas organization is unbelievable".