With the No. 7 overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected defenseman Kevin Korchinski.
The Blackhawks acquired the No. 7 overall pick by trading forward Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators prior to the 2022 NHL Draft. Their next selection will be No. 13 overall, a pick acquired in exchange for Kirby Dach.
Korchinski is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, 18-year-old blue liner from the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. The No. 12-ranked prospect, according to consolidated draft rankings, carries a left-handed shot.
During the 2021-22 season, Korchinski registered 65 points (four goals, 61 assists) in 67 games for the Thunderbirds. Here are Korchinski’s complete stats to date:
Here’s what Elite Prospects had to say about Korchinski in its 2022 NHL Draft scouting report:
“Most prospects use the middle lane sparingly. Korchinski attacks it every touch with unwavering confidence. Once he gets the first forechecker chasing, he skates directly at the next one. Sometimes, he fakes them out with handling skill and dekes around them. Others, he passes under their stick for a long-range breakout pass. If neither is an option, he encourages the forechecker to reach, then he cuts back away from them before moving play to the inside. Either way, the result is the same: he’s beat two players, meaning there’s an open teammate up the ice.”– Elite Prospects
As GM Kyle Davidson jumpstarts the Chicago Blackhawks’ rebuild, a defenseman was atop his priority list. Adding Kevin Korchinski to the mix certainly checks that box. As the team parts ways with former high draft picks, all eyes will be on the new wave of talent joining the system in this year’s class.
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