PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Dillon Fournier, 48th overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks, shakes hands during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
To help prepare our readers for the NHL Entry Draft, scheduled to take place on June 27th and 28th in Philadelphia, Madhouse Enforcer is going to bring you a series of posts dedicated to that purpose.
Whether it’s counting down the Top 10 Prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks’ system, or ranking the Top 10 Draft Picks in Hawks’ History, we are going to cover the draft from every angle.
Today, we will begin this process by starting our countdown of the Hawks’ Top 10 prospects. Checking into the #10 position is defenseman Dillon Fournier.
Picked in the second round of the 2012 Entry Draft, Fournier has shown some great scoring touch and excellent passing ability during his junior career. Playing in the QMJHL for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Fournier racked up 13 goals and had 19 assists in 36 games this season. Although he did miss a good chunk of the regular season because of an upper body injury, the Blackhawks still signed him to a three-year entry level contract in early March.
Fournier also played with the Blackhawks during their Rookie Tournament in Ontario last September, joining several other big-time prospects.
Outlook for the Blackhawks:
Fournier is a very gifted distributor of the puck, and while he is working on his two-way ability with his QMJHL team, he is going to need to continue his development at some point with the Rockford IceHogs before he can really begin to move forward with his game.
As for his future with the Blackhawks, he seems like an ideal candidate to play on either the second or the third defensive pairing for the team. His skills don’t really project out to be a top-tier blue liner, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to see him one day paired with a guy like Niklas Hjalmarsson or Stephen Johns on the Hawks’ blue line.