You Be The GM: Fan Picks
“The Blackhawks have very few holes to fill, but there is one spot that could be filled: the center position. Shore is a big center at 6'2,” but could put on some more muscle. He'll be going to Denver University, next year which has a great hockey program. I don't know how long he'll be there, but the Hawks are deep enough to let him develop into a top center behind Jonathan Toews.”
--Benjamin, Harrison, Ill.
“I chose this player because I feel that he is able to be the number two centerman the Blackhawks are looking for. In 53 games, he had 14 goals, 23 assists and 37 points. This 6'2", 190-pound player can pass and he has good hands. The only thing he needs to work on is his skating and he just needs to get a little tougher.”
--Chris Procter, Schaumburg, Ill.
Peter Holland, C -- Guelph (OHL)
“I think Holland would be a perfect fit for the Hawks because he can put the puck in the net and he could bring a physical element to the game if he bulks up a bit.”
--Garrett Thorne, Winnipeg, Manitoba
“Peter Holland currently is 6'2" and 185 pounds -- almost the exact height and weight as Toews when he was drafted -- and he plays the same style as 'Captain Serious.' This young center went from being a six-goal scorer to a 20-goal scorer in a year. He would be the second line center the Hawks are looking for and eliminate the need to go free agent hunting and over-spending.”
--James Chandler, Chicago, Ill.
Phillippe Paradis, C -- Shawinigan (QMJHL)
“He is a solid center who would fit very well with the Hawks. I believe he is a very gifted offensive threat and also has a great shot. That would be a great group of centers (Toews, Bolland, Paradis) to have; three very solid centers that can not only score but play great defense as well.”
--Eric, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Zach Budish, RW -- Edina (Minn.) H.S.
“He is a big, powerful force to be reckoned with! The kid is young and a monster. Big, tough, talented players are hard to come by... can't pass him up if he's still available.”
--Christopher Turbov, Albuquerque, N.M.
“If Budish had played this season, he would be a mid-first round pick. At 6'3”, 229 pounds he already has an NHL pro body -- these types with both size and talent don't come along too often. High schoolers are more difficult to gauge, but if Chris Kreider is a late-teens or early-20s pick, Budish should not be far behind. As for Budish needing to improve his skating, that can be done with a good skating coach and I think with Budish now focusing only on hockey over football, he will improve that skating.”
--Michael Greenberg, Ottawa, Ont.
Landon Ferraro, C -- Red Deer (WHL)
“I like that he comes from legendary bloodlines, but it is more than just the name that impresses me. All of the draft gurus agree that Ferraro is a smart player who is always on the right side of the puck. He has blazing speed, winning the fastest skater contest at the Home Hardware CHL Top Prospects game. He is also physically tough, dropping the gloves with Kyle Beach earlier this year. Basically, he is exactly they type of player you want in the Indian head.“
--Charles Kennville, Des Moines, Iowa
Ryan O’Reilly, C -- Erie (OHL)
“Smart, strong on his skates, can play in all situations and is a leader. Another character player for a team loaded with character.”
--Paul Rauhut, Whitby, Ont.
"I choose Ryan for a couple of reasons: first off, his work ethic seems to be very strong, showing a willingness to get better in all facets of the game. He is strong on both ends of the ice: strong defensively, but he also tallied 50 assists last year. He is a center -- which the Hawks need -- and could be a real go-to guy in the faceoff circle and defensive zone as he matures.”
--Jason, Dexter, Mich.
Kyle Palmieri, RW -- U.S. Developmental Program
“I would choose Palmieri for his versatility. Listed as a right wing or center, Palmieri is an ideal fit to come into the organization in probably two years. Looking to the future, the team is already strong on defense and in two years will have to make some difficult decisions as to what to do with all the young talent. Given two years of development at the University of Notre Dame, Palmieri should be strong enough and smart enough to fill a hole of a young scorer. Also, Palmieri is supposed to be a solid skater and would be excellent to keep running the stretch pass play the Hawks love to use. “
--Kyle Malone, Holland, Mich.
Jordan Caron, RW -- Rimouski (QMJHL)
“If the Hawks are fortunate enough for other teams to pass him up, they should draft Jordan Caron. He is a power forward and he would fit in nicely if they cannot re-sign Havlat. It may be possible to transition Sharp to center to head a line with a guy like Caron.”
--Sean McLaughlin, Elmhurst, Ill.
“Many talented players come along, but when the playoffs start, flash doesn't win over. Work ethic and love of the game do. Caron looks like someone focused on hockey.”
--Dean Vellequette, Spring Harbor, Mich.
Simon Despres, D -- Saint John (QMJHL)
“Despres’ stock has continued to fall over the past year. Once a highly regarded prospect, now he is being deemed a borderline first-round pick. I think that our D cupboard is getting bear so this would be a great player to add. He doesn't bring much offense because he is a 6'3" shutdown defenseman. On defense it seems that we have lots of skill guys so it would be nice to draft a player like this to complement our D in the future.”
--Roddy, Geneva, Ill.
Jeremy Morin, LW -- U.S. Developmental Program
“A young player with fantastic skill, he can be molded to fit as an aggressive right-handed wing to benefit the power play and a constant contributor on the second or third lines. He has also shown the ability to play very well against international competition, displaying his abilities against different styles of play.”
--Ryan, Indianapolis, Ind.