Blackhawks Draft Michigan State Defenseman Second Overall

The Chicago Blackhawks have picked Artyom Levshunov as their second overall choice in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Levshunov, from Michigan State University, is the first defenseman chosen this year. During the 2023-24 NCAA season, he made a big impact by earning spots on both the All-Big Ten First Team and All-Big Ten Freshmen Team. He also won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year awards.

Levshunov quickly became a standout defenseman . He scored nine goals and racked up 35 points in just 38 games while maintaining an impressive +44 rating. His leadership helped Michigan State soar to fifth place nationally and reach the Second Round of the Frozen Four tournament.

Levshunov’s Future with Chicago:

In Chicago, Levshunov is now seen as their top defensive prospect. As a right-handed shooter, he’s expected to pair well with Kevin Korchinski on the Blackhawks’ blue line for years to come. Initially, his defensive skills should match up well with NHL standards, though it might take some time for his offensive game to fully develop.

Fans might think this pick is exactly what Chicago needed—a solid defenseman who can grow into an offensive threat over time.

His speed and ability to join plays quickly are already at a high level. Plus, he has shown he can make quick shots while skating, which is rare for someone in his position.

What do you think? Is Levshunov going to be a game-changer for Chicago?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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