News from the world – United States – Blackhawks no 17 picks in 2020 NHL Draft: pleading for Dawson Mercer


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The Second City Hockey team will present 10 players ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft, which begins October 6, the Blackhawks may have the opportunity to select No 17 in total

The Bay Roberts, Newfoundland native started his draft year off to a good start with at least one point in every game except one for the Drummondville Voltigeurs in his third season in the QMJHL He continued his good game and had three points (two goals, one assist) in two games with the QMJHL team against the team of Russia during the QMJHL game of the Canada Russia Series in November

Mark Hunter, who led the management group of Canada’s World Junior Under-20 Championship, couldn’t ignore Mercer The forward scored 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in just 26 games for Drummondville and was part of the Canadian WJC team even though he was not invited to the summer evaluation camp He was the first Newfoundland player in a decade to play for Canada at the World Juniors

Mercer didn’t score any points and averaged 7:18 of ice time in seven games to help Canada win WJC gold in the Czech Republic The day after his gold medal, he was traded to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens for three first-round picks and two second-round picks He scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 16 games, which means his production went from 162 points per game with Drummondville against 113 points per game with Chicoutimi

As Mercer said in the video above, he models his game after Bruins center and four-time Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron, who was a second-round pick in 2003

Mercer, who is a two-way competitive player who has played center and wing, uses his high-end skills and soft hands to generate offense. He often plays in tight areas and is capable of attract a defender before finding an open teammate for a scoring chance He’s more of a playmaker than a shooter, but he has a very good wrist shot

Mercer may be listed at 6ft and 179 pounds, but he plays taller than his frame He wins 50-50 battles, kills penalties and is a good backchecker

The main downside to his game is that he doesn’t have top-level speed and explosiveness with his skating. He has a good stride, but he doesn’t have the acceleration needed to get away from defenders in a open space This is one reason why some project him as a winger in the NHL rather than a center

According to Hockey-Reference, there have only been 29 Newfoundland-born NHL players with center Clark Bishop the only active He has played 25 games in the past two seasons for the Hurricanes

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PNHLe is a value that projects a prospect’s point potential at the LNH level It takes into consideration the point production (ie, points per game), the league in which a prospect is playing, his age and his position. can read more about the methodology behind PNHLe here

Blackhawks reportedly ask Mercer to play fourth season in QMJHL before turning pro He could use a season in the American League to develop further before trying to break through Chicago’s NHL roster in 2022

Prior to his draft year, Mercer spent two seasons as teammates with the prospect of Blackhawks defenseman Nicolas Beaudin with Drummondville

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World News – United States – Non des Blackhawks 17 picks in 2020 NHL Draft: pleading for Dawson Mercer



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