Bowman On Hawks' No. 3 Pick: 'Pretty Easy Decision'

"We're going to get a really, really good player," Stan Bowman says.

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June 17, 2019 - 12:06 pm
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman

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(670 The Score) Holding the No. 3 overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday, the Blackhawks have the opportunity to add a potential star into the organization.

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It's a position that Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is embracing after Chicago moved up from No. 11 to No. 3 with luck in the lottery. And with the draft just four days away, Bowman indicated that the Blackhawks know whom they're going to select.

"These are all going to be excellent NHL players," Bowman said. "Now, it just comes down to which one we feel is the right fit for us. It's been a fun process. I've enjoyed it. The good news for all the fans is we're going to get a really, really good player this year.

"We know what we're going to do with the draft here. We've narrowed it down from that six players (previously on our board). It's a few days before the draft. I think when we get to Friday, we're not going to be cramming the night before trying to get more information. We've got so much information right now. 

"It's going to be a pretty easy decision."

With the top pick in the draft, the Devils are expected to take center Jack Hughes. The Rangers own the second pick, and most anticipate they'll draft Finnish forward Kaapo Kakko.

The Blackhawks are projected in many mock drafts to take American center Alex Turcotte or Canadian defenseman Bowen Byram. Forwards Vsaili Podkolzin and Dylan Cozens have also been projected as top-five picks.

Bowman noted that the first four selections of the 2018 draft all reached the NHL last season, though such a quick trajectory isn't something the Blackhawks prioritize.

"There's a possibility of one of these guys could jump right into the lineup," Bowman said. "If that happens, it would be great. That's not a criteria for us in selecting a player.

"If the player comes in and has a great training camp and deserves to be on the team, he will be. But we're looking for the draft pick to be an essential player on our team for 10 to 15 years.

"They're all great players. Like, these guys are all going ot be really good players. We're just choosing between good players."