Chicago Blackhawks: Top 2012 Draft Needs, Targeted Prospects and Predictions

June 5th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Two consecutive first round playoff exits since their Stanley Cup championship in 2010 have hockey fans in Chicago getting frustrated over their Blackhawks.

Poor goaltending was an issue for the team this season, especially in the playoffs against the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round.

In addition to the need for more goaltending, the Blackhawks also need to add some defensive depth to their organization.

Chicago's defense didn't play to the level expected throughout the year, especially during the team's long losing streak after the All-Star break.

Let's look at a draft preview for the Blackhawks as they enter a very important offseason.


Biggest Needs


The Blackhawks don't have a lot of goaltending talent at any level of the organization, so drafting a goalie should be a priority for them this year.

Adding a defenseman should also be a strategy for Chicago in the first few rounds, but right wing is the second biggest need after goaltending. The Blackhawks need more goal-scoring right wingers for the future.

Since this draft has a lot of depth on defense, expe ...

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