Blackhawks NHL Draft Odds, Schedule: Chicago’s Already Eventful Offseason Ramps Up This Week

Posted By Joe Boozell on July 21, 2021 - Last Updated on July 23, 2021

The Chicago Blackhawks will pick 11th in the 2021 NHL Draft, which begins Friday. The Blackhawks technically have the No. 12 overall selection, but the Coyotes have to forfeit the 11th pick.

It’s already been quite the offseason for Chicago. Duncan Keith is now an Edmonton Oiler after 16 years as the Hawks’ defensive anchor due to a recent trade. Chicago received defenseman Caleb Jones and a conditional draft pick in return.

In other news, we finally have a Jonathan Toews update. Toews missed all of last season with an undisclosed health condition, but is hoping to return for the 2021-22 season.

Toews said in June:

“I think there’s just a lot of things that piled up where my body just fell apart. What they’re calling it is chronic immune response syndrome, where I just couldn’t quite recover and my immune system was just reacting to everything, any kind of stress, anything that I would do throughout the day, it was always that kind of stress response. So it just took some time. That was the really frustrating part, not knowing when or how I was going to get over the hump.”

Toews’ improved health is the most important factor. But, of course, the Blackhawks will welcome one of the greatest players in franchise history back with open arms.

But even with Patrick Kane and Toews (possibly) reunited on the ice, Chicago is still one of the worst teams in the NHL. DraftKings Sportsbook in Illinois has the Hawks at +6,000 to win the 2022 Stanley Cup.

Only seven teams have longer championship odds.

Could some fresh young talent help make things interesting, though? Based on the NHL odds, here are some candidates to be the Blackhawks’ first round pick.

2021 NHL Draft odds

These are some of the players projected to be in the Blackhawks’ draft range at DraftKings:

  • William Eklund: Over/under 7.5
  • Brandt Clarke: Over/under 8.5
  • Kent Johnson: Over/under 9.5
  • Chaz Lucius: Over/under 10.5

FanDuel in Illinois does not offer odds on Chicago’s pick, but it has lines on the top overall selection. From there, we can glean who will be in the Blackhawks’ range.

These are the top overall pick odds at FanDuel:

  • Owen Power: -2,400
  • Matthew Beniers: +1,200
  • Simon Edvinsson: +3,100
  • Brandt Clarke: +6,000
  • Luke Hughes: +6,000
  • William Eklund: +6,000
  • Mason McTavish: +6,000
  • Jesper Wallstedt: +9,500
  • Dylan Guenther: +9,500
  • Chaz Lucius: +9,500
  • Kent Johnson: +9,500
  • Fabian Lysell: +9,500

It would seem that anyone with odds +6,000 or greater to be the top pick could be in play for the Blackhawks.

Blackhawks could lose players in expansion draft

There are two NHL Drafts this week — the rookie draft, and the expansion draft.

The expansion draft takes place on Wednesday night. The Seattle Kraken will be making the selections.

These are the players the Blackhawks did not protect, meaning they could wind up on the Kraken:

  • Forwards: Ryan Carpenter, Brett Connolly, Josh Dickinson, Adam Gaudette, Vinnie Hinostroza, Brandon Pirri, John Quenneville, Zack Smith
  • Defensemen: Calvin de Haan, Anton Lindholm, Nikita Zadorov
  • Goaltenders: Collin Delia, Malcolm Subban

2021-22 NHL schedule

On Thursday, the 2021-22 NHL schedule is expected to be released. We already have the Blackhawks’ preseason schedule.

It is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: vs. Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 1: vs. St. Louis Blues, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 2: at Blues, 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 4: at Red Wings, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 7: at Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 9: vs. Wild, 7:30 p.m.

There is a chance that Sept. 29 will be the first time that Hawks fans can see Toews live since March 11, 2020.

2021 Blackhawks schedule

You can find the complete calendar here; however, here are the Blackhawks game dates through the end of the year:

DateOpponent
Wednesday, Oct. 13at Colorado Avalanche
Friday, Oct. 15at New Jersey Devils
Saturday, Oct. 16at Pittsburgh Penguins
Tuesday, Oct. 19vs. NY Islanders
Thursday, Oct. 21vs. Vancouver Canucks
Sunday, Oct. 24vs. Detroit Red Wings
Wednesday, Oct. 27vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Friday, Oct. 29at Carolina Hurricanes
Saturday, Oct. 30at St. Louis Blues
Monday, Nov. 1vs. Ottawa Senators
Wednesday, Nov. 3vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Friday, Nov. 5at Winnipeg Jets
Sunday, Nov. 7vs. Nashville Predators
Tuesday, Nov. 9vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Friday, Nov. 12vs. Arizona Coyotes
Wednesday, Nov. 17at Seattle Kraken
Saturday, Nov. 20at Edmonton Oilers
Sunday, Nov. 21at Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, Nov. 23at Calgary Flames
Friday, Nov. 26vs. St. Louis Blues
Sunday, Nov. 28vs. San Jose Sharks
Thursday, Dec. 2at Washington Capitals
Saturday, Dec. 4at NY Rangers
Sunday, Dec. 5at NY Islanders
Tuesday, Dec. 7vs. NY Rangers
Thursday, Dec. 9at Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, Dec. 11at Toronto Maple Leaf
Monday, Dec. 13vs. Calgary Flames
Wednesday, Dec. 15vs. Washington Capitals
Friday, Dec. 17vs. Nashville Predators
Saturday, Dec. 18at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, Dec. 21vs. Florida Panthers
Thursday, Dec. 23at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, Dec. 28at Columbus Blue Jackets
Wednesday, Dec. 29at Winnipeg Jets
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022at Nashville Predators
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