The NHL draft is only a few days away, and the Chicago Blackhawks will be selecting #18 in the first round this Friday night. It is always interesting to look back into history and see where some of today and yesterdays Blackhawks were selected in the draft. The draft began in 1963 so Blackhawks greats like Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita were not drafted, but still came up through the organization along with the one that got away early in his career in Phil Esposito.
Here is a list by round and pick of current Blackhawks, former Blackhawks still in the NHL, and some all time favorites that were drafted by the Hawks. You will notice that the Hawks have had some great success in picking third overall in the draft.
Round 1 Pick 1- Patrick Kane
Round 1 Pick 3- Denis Savard, Jonathan Toews, Ed Olczyk
Round 1 Pick 6- Doug Wilson
Round 1 Pick 7- Keith Brown
Round 1 Pick 8- Jeremy Roenick
Round 1 Pick 11- Dave Manson
Round 1 Pick 13- Daniel Cleary
Round 1 Pick 14- Brent Seabrook, Ethan Moreau
Round 1 Pick 16- Grant Mulvey, Nick Leddy
Round 2 Pick 28- Steve Ludzik
Round 2 Pick 32- Dave Bolland
Round 2 Pick 41- Bryan Bickell
Round 3 Pick 45- Trent Yawney
Round 2,3 Pick 52-Corey Crawford, Bob Murray
Round 2 Pick 54-Duncan Keith
Round 3 Pick 57- Troy Murray
Round 3 Pick 59- Marc Bergevin
Round 4 Pick 90- Eric Daze
Round 4 Pick 108- Niklas Hjalmarrson
Round 6 Pick 120- Steve Larmer
Round 5 Pick 139-Andrew Shaw
Round 5 Pick 149- Marcus Kruger
Round 5 Pick 156-James Wisinewski
Round 6 Pick 165- Michael Leighton
Round 8 Pick 179- Darryl Sutter
Round 10 Pick 199- Dominik Hasek
Round 7 Pick 214- Troy Brower
Round 8 Pick 245- Dustin Byfuglin
Undrafted Rookie Free Agent- Ed Belfour
We are less than a week away from the draft, will any of this years draft picks be included in this kind of list next year, 5 years or 10 years from now? The list proves that although there is a lot of success in players drafted in the first round, a star can come from any pick in any round any season. It’s now up to GM Stan Bowman to make the right moves this coming week to help get the Hawks in position to become Stanley Cup Champions again.
Lets Go Hawks!!