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2022 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Select Sam Rinzel with No. 25 Overall Pick in 1st Round

The right-handed defenseman played Minnesota high school hockey and for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL this past season.

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The Chicago Blackhawks selected Sam Rinzel of Chaska (Minnesota) High School with the No. 25 overall pick in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft on Thursday.

The Blackhawks acquired goaltender Petr Mrazek and the pick to select Rinzel from the Maple Leafs for a second-round pick (No. 38 overall) in this year’s draft.

Rinzel, who turns 19 on June 25, played this past season for Chaska (27 games) and the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL (21 games, six playoff games). The 6-foot-3, 181-pound blue liner scored 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) for Chaska. The University of Minnesota commit added 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the USHL regular season. He did not score a point in the USHL Clark Cup Playoffs.

Sam Rinzel joined defenseman Kevin Korchinski of WHL Seattle (No. 7) and forward Frank Nazar of USNDTP (No. 13) as first-round picks by the Chicago Blackhawks this year.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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