With the 81st overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected defenseman Wyatt Kaiser.
Kaiser is an 18-year-old defenseman from Ham Lake, Minnesota. Kaiser is the third USA player selected by the Blackhawks thus far in the 2020 NHL Draft. The young defenseman shoots left and stands at 6 feet tall, weighs 173 lbs, and carries a left-handed shot.
In 2019-20, Kaiser split time between his Minnesota High School team, the Andover Huskies, and the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. In 25 games at Andover HS, where he served as captain, he registered nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points. In 11 games with the Fighting Saints, he registered just three assists. Here is a look at Kaiser’s full statistics to date:
Here is what Elite Prospects had to say about Kaiser in their 2020 NHL Draft scouting report:
“Kaiser’s speed, edge work, and ability to maneuver in tight spaces offer him a great deal of escapability under pressure. He’s one of the rare defenders in this year’s draft that can make forecheckers look like they’re skating in quicksand. Has a sophisticated understanding of bank passes; he uses angles expertly.”– Elite Prospects
The Blackhawks have followed the trend of drafting puck-moving defensemen for years now under Stan Bowman’s tenure as general manager. Based on what Elite Prospects had to say, he could be a solid piece on the Blackhawks blue line some years down the road. However, he is set to play at Minnesota-Duluth to begin his collegiate career in 2021-22, so Blackhawks fans and the front office alike will likely not see the young blueliner much before 2023-24.
Get to know Wyatt a little more in his 2018 Dubuque Fighting Saints camp profile: