Parade of forwards at top of NHL draft

After news broke that Marian Hossa will not play next season, or potentially ever again, general manager made a surprise moving trading Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjarmalsson.

But on a day in which he was full of surprises, Bowman pulled one more late Friday night in making a deal with the Stars to trade down from the 26 overall pick in exchange for the 29 pick and an extra third-round selection.

With the Blackhawks hosting the National Hockey League draft for the first time, general manager Stan Bowman was reported to be was taking calls to move up and excite the hometown crowd at the United Center. He was named to the Second All-Star Team in 2015-16 after recording nine goals and 20 assists in 47 games with Tappara's Under-20 junior club in Finland.

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Edmonton-product Parker Foo was the Blackhawks' first pick of the fifth round. Galvas, who played in several leagues last season, has a bit of offensive skill, scoring two goals and racking up seven assists in 17 games as a member of the Czech under-18 team on the worldwide level a season ago. Mitchell, who is committed to play for the University of Denver in 2018, represented Canada in the World Junior Cup under 18 tournament this season, where he had two assists.

The Blackhawks followed up that pick with two more selections in the third round, and with the first pick they took forward Andrei Altybarmakyan out of Russian Federation. Soderlund had a decent season in the Swedish Hockey League a year ago, with three goals and four assists to his credit.

The Blackhawks selected center Evan Barratt No. 90 overall. Soderlund is also on the small side for his position, standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing in at 163 pounds.

  • Ismael Montgomery