Saturday, June 26, 2010
Hawks take Rensfeldt in second round
The Chicago Blackhawks selected winger Ludwig Rensfeldt on Saturday in the second round of the NHL draft in Los Angeles.
Rensfeldt, 18, is a 6-2, 192-pound left wing who played for Brynas, Sweden. He shoots left-handed.
Later in the second round, the Hawks added defenseman Justin Holl from Minnetonka (Minn.) high school and goaltender Kent Simpson from the Everett Silvertips of the WHL.
"This has been my goal since I started playing hockey," Holl said. "This is a complete thrill to be drafted by the Hawks.
"I think my biggest strength is my skating, especially for my size (6-1, 178). I think I skate well in both directions."
Chicago also picked defenseman Stephen Johns from the United States National Team Development Program in the second round.
"I can't even explain the feelings that are running through my body right now," Johns said. "To be selected by an organization like Chicago, it's a dream come true. I couldn't be happier. It's the greatest feeling I've ever had in my life."
The Hawks took center Joakim Nordstrom from Aik Jr. in Sweden in the third round.
The Blackhawks also traded the 43rd overall selection to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Jimmy Hayes, who is the brother of Chicago's first-round selection: Kevin Hayes. Jimmy Hayes helped lead Boston College to the NCAA title.
In the fourth round, the Hawks took forward Rob Flick from Mississauga St. Michaels of the OHL.