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Blackhawks Select Lukas Reichel With 17th Overall Pick in 2020 NHL Draft

With the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected forward Lukas Reichel.
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With the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks have selected forward Lukas Reichel.

Reichel is an 18-year-old winger from Nuremberg, Germany. He stands at 6 feet tall, weighs 172 lbs, and carries a left-handed shot.

During his 2019-20 season with Eisbaren Berlin, Reichel posted 12 goals and 12 assists over 42 games. Here is a complete look at his statistics to date:

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Via Elite Prospects

Via Elite Prospects

Here's what Elite Prospects had to say about Lukas Reichel in their 2020 NHL Draft scouting report:

"He's an unrelenting forechecker & backchecker, never gives up on a play, and wins battles through second efforts. Reichel is a pretty capable puck-handler too, even at top-speed carrying the puck through a defender's triangle, showing a predilection for outside-in maneuvers, and deploying weight shifts to avoid contact."

- Elite Prospects

It's no surprise that the Blackhawks elected to go with a high-motor forward with their first-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft. Selecting Reichel could add some much-needed playmaking and puck retrieval ability to the Blackhawks middle-six in the coming years.