CHICAGO – It would take a lot of luck to save it, thanks to a deal with the Blue Jackets last summer.
When the Blackhawks failed to get into the top 2 of the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery, their first-round pick this year was sent to Columbus as part of a trade by Seth Jones made last summer.
Indeed, the team was unlucky in the lottery, as they will have to wait a year to make their own selection in the first round.
In the lottery on Tuesday, the Blackhawks stayed where they arrived, holding the sixth pick in the draft as they failed to climb. This means that the Blue Jackets will get their choice, and the Blackhawks will keep their choice for 2023, which may have a higher chance of getting a better choice as the team is completely rebuilt.
If the team had climbed to the top 2, the Blackhawks would have retained the choice, and Columbus would have gotten his best choice for 2023.
“Now we know where we are, preparing for the upcoming draft,” general manager Kyle Davidson said in a statement from the team. “We won’t have our own choice in the first round, but with eight other choices, including five in the first three rounds, I believe in the ability of our amateur scout department to make the most of our choices this summer.”
The Blackhawks currently have eight NHL Draft picks:
- Conditional selection of the first round from Wild in the trade of Marco-Andre Fleury
- Their original second round pick
- Third round elections Golden Knights, Maple Leafs and Oilers
- Selection of the sixth round of the Blue Jackets
- Their original sixth round pick
- Their original choice in the seventh round
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