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DRAFT: 10 prospects to watch at 27

Familiarize yourself with some of the prospects who might be available late in the first round

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

For good reason, there has been a lot of focus on the eighth overall pick for the Chicago Blackhawks. It's the highest selection the team has held since 2007, making a top-10 spot a rarity for the franchise, rather than the norm.

Even more rare is the fact that the club is in possession of two first round picks.

Draft experts and prognosticators agree that the Blackhawks will get a high-end player with the eighth pick, but what type of prospect will be available at 27?

This year's draft presents an exciting opportunity lower down in the first round. With so much variance in opinion on prospects outside the top 10, the Blackhawks are likely to have a player sitting on the board at 27 who they believe should have been gone earlier in the evening.

It's tough to gauge which prospects will rise and which will fall on draft night, but with that said, let's take a look at 10 names that might be available later in the first round - possibly at 27.

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BLOG: Draft selection reminder

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks TV and chicagoblackhawks.com are headed to Dallas in a few days to bring you exclusive content from the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Blackhawks currently hold the following eight selections:

Round 1: Pick 8 and pick 27 (from Nashville)

Round 2: No picks

Round 3: Pick 69 and pick 87 (from Toronto via New Jersey and Washington)

Round 4: Pick 120 (from Nashville)

Round 5: Pick 142 (from Columbus)

Round 6: Pick 162

Round 7: Pick 193

Click HERE for a full list of Blackhawks draft picks and visit our NHL Draft Site at chicagoblackhawks.com/draft for full coverage of the event.

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FEATURE: Jokiharju happy with contract, looks to future

The Blackhawks top prospect comments on signing his first NHL contract and the next steps of his career

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Henri Jokiharju has a lot to look forward to in the near and distant future, but his most recent milestones are worth recognition as well.

Being selected 29th overall in 2017 by the Chicago Blackhawks was special. Signing his first NHL contract last week was another big moment.

"It's an unbelievable feeling for me," Jokiharju told Blackhawks TV. "Last year my dream came true. I got drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2010 I started to be a Blackhawks fan so it's unbelievable for me. I'm really happy to sign the contract."

Video: Jokiharju thrilled to sign with Blackhawks

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RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to extension with Hinostroza

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Vinnie Hinostroza (hihn-oh-STROH-zah) on a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.

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RELEASE: Blackhawks announce 2018 preseason schedule

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team's six-game preseason schedule for the 2018-19 season.

The Blackhawks will travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. to open their preseason slate. They will then play at Detroit against the Red Wings on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. and at Ottawa against the Senators on Friday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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DRAFT: Quinn Hughes Profile

Skating ability and puck skills have this young defenseman poised to go in the top half of the first round

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

AGE: 18
HEIGHT: 5
WEIGHT: 10
TEAM: Michigan
CSS RANKING: 6th among NA Skaters

Quinn "Quintin" Hughes' profile continued to grow on an international stage while playing for Team USA at this summer's IIHF World Championship. At the age of 18, the young defender did not look out of place against NHL players and seasoned veterans.

Video: One-on-One: Quinn Hughes

Hughes was partnered with Chicago Blackhawks players Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy and Jordan Oesterle on an American roster that took bronze.

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RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to extension with Hayden

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward John Hayden on a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.

Hayden, 23, was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (74th overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft. He registered 13 points (4G, 9A) in 47 games with the Blackhawks during the 2017-18 season. He was also credited with 118 hits, which ranked fourth on the team and ninth among league rookies. In 59 career NHL games, Hayden has tallied 17 points (5G, 12A) and recorded 162 hits.

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BLOG: NHL schedule to be announced next week

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The NHL announced today that the 2018-19 regular season schedule will be revealed on Thursday, June 21 at 4 p.m. CT.

Prior to the full release, the NHL will announce the home openers for all 31 clubs on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m. CT.

Stay tuned for full coverage of the schedule release on chicagoblackhawks.com.

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DRAFT: Jesperi Kotkaniemi profile

The 17-year-old Finnish center has already shown he can play above his age and now has to prove he belongs in the NHL

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

AGE: 17
HEIGHT: 6'1''
WEIGHT: 189
TEAM: Assat Pori
CSS RANKING: 6th among European Skaters

Showing the skill to perform against top talent at a young age is a sure-fire way to get noticed by NHL scouts. Combine that with a down year for top-tier draft eligible center talent, and you have the recipe for Jesperi Kotkaniemi to hear his named called early in this year's NHL draft.

The Finnish center, who will be drafted while just 17 years-old, has already been showing incredible talent in his home country's top pro league.

Video: One-on-one: Jesperi Kotkaniemi

 

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NHL Draft

2018 NHL Draft: Top 10 centers

Kotkaniemi, Veleno among best prospects at position

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In the days leading to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top centers available.

There's a strong chance that for the first time in 16 years, a top prospect listed at center by NHL Central Scouting will not be chosen among the top five picks in the NHL Draft.

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