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2021 NHL Draft: Blackhawks Select Connor Kelley with No. 204 Overall Pick in 7th Round

The defenseman is Minnesota Duluth teammate of fellow Chicago defenseman prospect Wyatt Kaiser, who was selected in the third round in 2020.
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The Chicago Blackhawks selected Connor Kelley of Minnesota Duluth with the No. 204 overall pick in the seventh round of the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.

Kelley scored five points (three goals, two assists) in 25 games during his freshman season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman plays at Duluth with fellow Chicago defenseman prospect Wyatt Kaiser (2020 third-rounder).

Kelley, a right-handed shot, played two seasons for the United States National Team Development Program prior to his college career. He had four assists in two season USHL seasons, and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in for the U17 and U18 teams.

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Kelley, who turned 19 in January, did not receive a ranking by NHL Central Scouting prior to this year's draft. He is the third player in Blackhawks history to be selected at No. 204, joining Dan Frawley (1980), Sergei Shikhanov (1997).

Kelley is the fourth defenseman to be selected by Chicago in this year's draft, joining Nolan Allan (first), Taige Harding (third) and Ethan Del Mastro (fourth).

Scouting report

Elite Prospects' 2020 draft guide: Does anyone talk about him? Played #2. He takes good angles to seal off players. He's fast. He blows up plays before they develop. Is playing a role this year, has been an offensive defenseman every step of the way before the NTDP.