Beyond The Benches

Top 3 Chances Blackhawks Took During 2014 NHL Draft

The Chicago Blackhawks made a few interesting calls during the 2014 NHL Draft, choosing some players that will take a lot of time to develop. These players are some of the less known draft picks, and exactly what their next steps are, or how those steps will pan out, remains to be seen.


3.   Fredrik Olofsson

In the fourth round of the NHL Draft, the Blackhawks added a two-way forward Fredrik Olofsson. However, this player was one who probably wasn’t expected. The off-the-board pick was not ranked in the Central Scouting’s final ranking. Olofsson began the year with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL but was eventually traded to Chicago Steel where his numbers improved, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the second half of the season. However, Olofsson withdrew his commitment to Colorado College, so his next step remains in question.

2.  Luc Snuggerud

More than 40 picks after Olofsson, the Blackhawks chose Luc Snuggerud, son of former NHL player Dave Snuggerud. The 18-year-old did get ranked 42nd overall by the Central Scouting, but does not have a spectacular record that sets him apart. He will be skating at University of Nebraska-Omaha next season.

1. Jack Ramsey

The Blackhawks’ final pick went to a raw forward from Penticton Vees. As a rookie, Ramsey scored 25 points in 15 games, but still lacks some experience. He will be attending the University of Minnesota in 2015 (like his father, former NHL players Mike Ramsey), which gives him some time to improve his game.



Writer: Clairissa Baker is a student at Boston University working towards a dual degree in journalism and international relations, and she spends a lot of her spare time following hockey. Clairissa can be reached on Twitter @ClairissaBaker.