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2022 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Select Paul Ludwinski with No. 39 Overall Pick

The 18-year-old center scored 43 points in 67 regular-season games, and 12 points in 11 playoff games for OHL Kingston last season.

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The Chicago Blackhawks selected center Paul Ludwinski of OHL Kingston with the No. 39 overall pick in the second round of the 2022 NHL Draft on Friday.

The Blackhawks acquired the pick to select Ludwinski from the Ottawa Senators in the Alex DeBrincat trade Thursday. Chicago traded its own second-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs to acquire goaltender Petr Mrazek and the No. 25 pick. The Blackhawks then selected defenseman Sam Rinzel. The Maple Leafs selected forward Fraser Minten of WHL Kamloops with Chicago’s pick at No. 38, one pick before the Blackhawks took Ludwinski.

Paul Lundwinski (5-foot-11, 183 pounds) scored 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 67 regular-season games. He added 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 11 playoff games. Lundwinski is teammates with Shane Wright, who the Seattle Kraken selected fourth overall.

The Chicago Blackhawks entered the second day of the draft with nine selections, including six in rounds two and three. Chicago does not hold a pick in the fourth or fifth rounds, but does have two in the sixth round and one in the seventh.

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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 Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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