Evidently, the Chicago Blackhawks like UMD recruits.
After taking Camrose Kodiak defenseman and UMD signee Dylan Olsen with their first round pick Friday night, the Blackhawks have tapped the list of 2009 UMD freshmen for another draft pick.
In the third round Saturday, the 'Hawks picked up former Totino-Grace captain Dan DeLisle, who is making the leap from high school to college hockey this fall.
Like Olsen, DeLisle should spend at least a couple years honing his craft at UMD. He's a huge kid, but needs to be more consistent against top competition. Playing with and against older guys in the WCHA should help him immensely. I remember seeing him walk around the DECC last year after he had committed, and since I'm not exactly a small guy, it was odd seeing a future UMD player who happens to be taller than me. He also looked like he could break me in half if he so desired.
He also has a strong family background. Uncle Joe was a captain at UMD, and Dan DeLisle could fill that role if he stays long enough.