The Chicago Blackhawks came extremely close to winning the draft lottery, but after all was said and done they ended up with the #8 pick.
Of course landing Rasmus Dahlin would have been perfect, however the team is still in a great position to land an impact player in the deep draft.
The Hawks already have some great young building blocks in Alex DeBrincat, Vinnie Hinostroza and Nick Schmaltz and will add another this summer.
"We're optimistic," Bowman told chicagoblackhawks.com. "It's a good draft. We're confident we're going to get a good player at No. 8. It wasn't our year for the lottery, but we'll still get a good player."
"This year especially it's different because you're going to get a guy that's hopefully an elite player in the league. Watching the players, I've had a chance recently to see a number of these guys and there are some special players out there, not just the top couple that get a lot of attention but even the player we'll get at No. 8 should be a special player."
Of course the Hawks could always move up or down in the draft, however it currently looks like the team will stay put.