With the 46th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected goalie Drew Commesso.
Commesso is an 18-year-old netminder from Boston, Massachusetts. He stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 182 lbs. He catches with his left hand, which is fairly common for goaltenders.
In 2019-20 between his time with the U.S. National U18 Team and the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP), he played 38 games, averaging a 2.03 GAA and a .919 SV%. Here is a look at his statistics to date:
Here is what Elite Prospects had to say about Drew Commesso in their 2020 NHL Draft scouting report:
"He posted some of the best numbers we've seen in the USNTDP in a while. Commesso plays a more aggressive game inherently, but he does a great job staying on top of plays and reading through traffic. He rarely gets caught moving across the crease, owning every inch of space with confidence. He skates at a higher level than most of his fellow draft-eligibles."
– Elite Prospects
The Blackhawks were in desperate need of rebuilding their goaltending pipeline in the system. After missing out on elite prospect Yaroslav Askarov on Tuesday night, the Blackhawks used their first pick on Wednesday to begin adding talent to their pipeline with the hope of eventually developing the U.S. product into a starting NHL goalie. The last goalie to play significant time for the Blackhawks that was drafted by the franchise was Corey Crawford back in 2003. This is a first step in rectifying that void in their talent pipeline.
Here are some highlights from Commesso's shutout while playing with the USNTDP U17 Team: