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DRAFT: Top Goalie Prospects in the 2020 NHL Draft

Learn more about some of the top goalies available at the 2020 NHL Draft

by Blackhawks.com Staff / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks have taken a goalie in four of the last six drafts -- three times in the sixth round (2019, 2018, 2014) and once in the third (2016). Could one of the top netminders be an option in the opening rounds this time around? 

We conclude our look at the top prospects available at each position with the highest-ranked goalies in the final NHL Central Scouting prospect rankings (you can see the top forwards here and defensemen here).

Here are the top three North American and European goalies, names that could be available when the Blackhawks first go on the clock at No. 17:


NORTH AMERICAN GOALIES 


1. Nicolas Daws, G (Guelph - OHL)

"He is a 6-foot-4 goalie with great poise and sense. He moves around his crease quite efficiently, squaring up a lot of pucks, and is rarely out of position or needing to scramble." - Corey Pronman, The Athletic

"He's calm and cool in any situation with great instincts … efficient in his lateral mobility, absorbs shots well and can effectively handle and move the puck out of his net." - Mike Morreale, NHL.com


2. Drew Commesso, G (U-18 - USNTDP)

"He presents excellent instincts, quickness and a calming presence in tense situations. Commesso could be one of the steals of the 2020 draft class if developed properly." - Mike Morreale, NHL.com

"He's a quick goalie, but in control with how he moves around the crease. He reacts quickly and tracks pucks well, so despite not having elite quickness, he can get to a lot of pucks." - Corey Pronman, The Athletic


3. Samuel Hlavaj, G (Sherbrooke - QMJHL)

"Good pro size with quickness and athleticism. He's capable of challenging shooters with very good net coverage and angle play." - Mike Morreale, NHL.com



EUROPEAN GOALIES


1. Iaroslav Askarov, G (Neva St. Petersburg - Russia-2)

"He had his struggles at the World Juniors, but what doesn't change is his tremendous skill and ability. He has completely dominated his age level time and time again, and he's been dominant in the age group immediately ahead." - Craig Button, TSN

"An intimidating presence with great poise, athleticism and a quick glove. He has a proven track record in the clutch … has the size (6-foot-3, 176 pounds) and compete level to become a No. 1 NHL goalie." - Mike Morreale, NHL.com


2. Jan Bednar, G (Sokolov - Czech Republic-2)

"Quick glove, good instincts and confidence… plays a technically sound game with good body control when in motion." - Mike Morreale, NHL.com

"His ability to get to pucks across the crease for a goalie his size is fantastic, and he can make some real highlight reel saves. But Bednar can be a bit all over the place in the crease. He tracks pucks well through traffic, but his reads on passing plays are average." - Corey Pronman, The Athletic


3. Joel Blomqvist, G (Karpat - Liiga)

"He has a powerful lower body, allowing him to move across the crease very well and make tough saves. While he is very quick, his movements are often in control as he is rarely way out of position. His puck tracking is fantastic." - Corey Pronman, The Athletic

"He challenges shooters and possesses good rebound control with quick reflexes." - Mike Morreale, NHL.com

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