Blackhawks select defenseman Nolan Allan
Saturday, July 24, 2021

(UNDATED) – The Chicago Blackhawks finished the first round of the NHL draft Friday by selecting a player many expected to go closer to the end of the second round. After trading down from 12th to 32nd in the Seth Jones trade, the Hawks picked Canadian defenseman Nolan Allan. Allan was ranked 40th among North American skaters in the Central Scouting Service’s final rankings and 59th among all players in TSN’s final rankings. But the 18 year old defenseman does boast a lanky frame (6-2, 195 pounds) and good instincts in his own zone. Scouting reports describe him as a stay-at-home defenseman and penalty-killing specialist who covers opposing forwards well but contributes little offense. A Saskatchewan native, Allan has played the last two and a half seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, tallying 11 points in 81 games. He also played for Canada at the Under-18 World Championships in Dallas in April and May, tallying two points in seven games.