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Blackhawks select nine players at 2016 NHL Draft

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The Chicago Blackhawks drafted forward Alex DeBrincat (39th overall), defenseman Chad Krys (45th overall), forward Artur Kayumov (50th overall), goaltender Wouter Peeters (83rd overall), defenseman Lucas Carlsson (110th overall), center Nathan Noel (113th overall), forward Mathias From (143rd overall), defenseman Blake Hillman (173rd overall) and defenseman Jake Ryczek (203rd overall) at the 2016 National Hockey League Draft at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday.

Chicago Blackhawks 2016 NHL Draft Recap

Round Pick Player Position 2015-16 Team DOB Ht. Wt.
2^ 39 Alex DeBrincat RW Erie (OHL) 12/18/97 5'7" 165
2^ 45 Chad Krys D USNTDP 4/10/98 5'11" 185
2^^ 50 Artur Kayumov RW/LW RUS U18 (MHL) 2/14/98 5'11" 171
3 83 Wouter Peeters G Salzburg (RBHS) 7/31/98 6'4" 205
4* 110 Lucas Carlsson D Brynas (SHL) 7/5/97 6'0" 189
4 113 Nathan Noel C Saint John (QMJHL) 6/21/97 5'10" 179
5 143 Mathias From LW Rogle (SHL) 12/16/97 6'1" 187
6 173 Blake Hillman D Denver (NCAA) 1/26/96 6'1" 180
7 203 Jake Ryczek D Waterloo (USHL) 3/19/98 5'10 181


^Both acquired from MTL on June 24, 2016, in exchange for forward
Andrew Shaw.

^^Acquired from CAR on June 15, 2016, in exchange for forwards Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen.

*Acquired from NYI on June 25, 2016, with a sixth-round 2017 NHL Draft pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick (95th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft (which was originally acquired by CBJ on June 30, 2015, with forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp in exchange for forwards Alex Broadhurst and Brandon Saad and defenseman Michael Paliotta)

**Acquired a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from STL on June 25, 2016, in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round pick (144th overall), which was originally acquired from FLA on March 2, 2014, with a third-round choice in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Brandon Pirri

Blackhawks Draft Pick Bios:

DeBrincat, 18, ranked seventh in the Ontario Hockey League with 101 points (51G, 50A) in 60 regular-season hockey games with the Erie Otters. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native added 19 points (8G, 11A) in 13 postseason contests. DeBrincat has collected 205 points (102G, 103A) in 128 career OHL games and 35 points (17G, 18A) in 33 playoff tilts. He won a bronze medal and tallied one goal in five games with Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championship. DeBrincat played with Lake Forest Academy during the 2013-14 season.

Krys, 18, recorded 29 points (3G, 26A) in 53 games with the USNTDP U-18 club; he also collected 13 points (2G, 11A) in 18 United States Hockey League contests with the USNTDP. The Ridgefield, Conn., native won bronze and skated in seven games with Team USA at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Krys also won bronze and tallied three assists in seven games with Team USA at the 2016 U-18 World Championship.

Kayumov, 18, registered 31 points (12G, 19A) in 39 games with Russia’s U-18 team in the MHL and added one assist in three postseason tilts. The Podgorny, Russia, native has notched 36 points (13G, 23A) in 53 career MHL games and added one assist in five career playoff tilts. Kayumov won a bronze medal and posted five points (2G, 3A) in five games at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. He won a silver medal and posted seven points (1G, 6A) in four games at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge.

Peeters, 17, appeared in 24 games and tallied a 3.27 goals-against average with the Czech Republic’s EC Salzburg U20 team and a 4.25 GAA in four contests with EC Salzburg’s U18 club.

Carlsson, 18, recorded nine points (4G, 5A) in 35 regular-season games with the Swedish Hockey League’s Brynas and added two assists in three postseason tilts. The Gavle, Sweden, native also collected 11 points (1G, 10A) in 15 games with the Swedish Junior League club. He has posted 10 points (4G, 6A) in 51 career SHL games and two helpers in four playoff contests.

Noel, 19, scored 57 points (21G, 36A) in 61 regular-season games with Saint John of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The St. John’s, Newfoundland, native has collected 158 points (61G, 97A) in 190 contests across three seasons with the QMJHL. Noel was a member of Team Canada at the 2015 U-18 World Championship where he won a gold medal and notched two assists in seven games.

From, 18, notched 21 points (6G, 15A) in 36 regular-season games with Rogle in the Swedish Junior League and added four points (2G, 2A) in seven postseason tilts. The Frederikshavn, Denmark, native also played 16 games with Rogle in the Swedish Hockey League, netting two goals and adding two assists. He scored one goal and added an assist as a member of Team Denmark at the 2016 World Junior Championship.

Hillman, 20, recorded 11 points (3G, 8A) in 39 games with the University of Denver of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference during his freshman year. The Elk River, Minn., native was named the Most Outstanding Player of NCAA West Regional after tallying four points (2G, 2A) and netting the game-winner vs. Ferris State University on March 27. Hillman collected 31 points (6G, 25A) in 112 regular-season career games across two seasons with Dubuque and Warterloo of the USHL; he also appeared in seven postseason contests with Dubuque.

Ryczek, 18, split the season between the USHL’s Sioux City and Waterloo, tallying 34 points (7G, 27A) in 47 regular-season games. The Ludlow, Mass., native also added four assists in nine postseason tilts with Waterloo. He has collected 52 points (13G, 39A) in 102 career USHL games across two seasons and notched four assists in 14 playoff contests.

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