– Kingshark Sports (@KingsharkSports) June 20, 2023
Let’s just say that the Chicago Blackhawks can truly count themselves lucky to have obtained the first pick in the draft with such a crop of prospects.
Unfortunately, it’s not every year that there’s a Connor (McDavid or Bedard) available at the top of the draft.
Indeed, some years, there isn’t really a prospect who stands out more than the others, and so there’s no generational talent.
The Tricolore drafted Juraj Slafkovsky, a Slovak with great potential, but nowhere near the first overall pick we’ve seen in other drafts.
In fact, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic ranks the CH prospect 10th among the NHL’s top 10 overall picks.
Lucky CH, isn’t it…
- Connor McDavid
- Connor Bedard
- Auston Matthews
- Rasmus Dahlin
- Alexis Lafrenière
- Jack Hughes
- Owen Power
- Aaron Ekblad
- Nico Hischier
- Juraj Slafkovsky
I’m not 100% in agreement with this ranking, especially with Hughes behind Lafrenière, but one thing’s for sure, Slafkovsky can’t be placed anywhere but 10th.
Sad to say, as much as I believe the young Slovak will become a good player for the CH, I don’t see him becoming better than some of the other nine players, or even one.
I love Slaf, but unfortunately, he doesn’t have the makings of a first overall pick.
I know he’s still young and has only played 39 games in the NHL, but it’s hard to see him becoming better than any of the players in this ranking.
Let’s hope Slaf gets some top-6 playing time this year and proves us wrong sooner rather than later.
In a gust
– Jack Eichel enjoys the Stanley Cup.
Have yourself a day, @jackeichel 🏆
– 🏆 – Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) July 15, 2023
– Contract signed in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins have signed defenseman Ty Smith to a one-year contract.
The deal runs through the 2023.24 season, carrying an average annual value of $775,000.
– Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 15, 2023
– CF Montreal will be in action today, while Charlotte is in town.
GAME DAY 🔵⚪️⚫️
CF Montreal vs Charlotte – 7:30pm
– KAN FC ⚽ (@kanfootballclub) July 15, 2023
– Just excluded from the podium.