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A Look Back at the 2004 Draft

By Brian Kasnicka

Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the Chicago Blackhawks logo on the ice during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Fina against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

With the third pick in the 2004 NHL entry draft the Chicago Blackhawks select from the Medicine Hat Tigers, defenseman Cam Barker.  That was over ten years ago when the Blackhawks called the name of such a young promising defenseman who was going to take the league by storm and be a cornerstone defenseman for the Blackhawks.  We all know that did not happen.  Does anyone know of Cam Barker’s last known whereabouts?  He didn’t make the team out of training camp with the Hawks and he vanished.

But that wasn’t always the case.  Cam Barker was a can’t miss prospect before the draft and was the top rated North American skater by Central Scouting.  His size combined with his offensive ability made him a lethal combination.  He was the third best available prospect behind Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin.  I wonder how those two panned out.

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The Blackhawks finished the season with fifty-nine points, tied for second worst with the Washington Capitals.  The Capitals, however would win the draft lottery and leap frog both the Hawks and the Penguins, on their way to selecting Russian scoring sensation Alexander Ovechkin.  What if the Hawks won the draft lottery and snagged Ovie?  Or what if the draft went on like it’s supposed to and Pittsburgh selected Ovie and the Hawks took Malkin?  Who knows what the Hawks would look like now if one of those two scenarios played out.  So if the Hawks took Ovie in 2004 maybe they pass on Kane and take Kyle Turris or Thomas Hickey in 2007.  Maybe they would’ve never drafted Toews, since they had their center and opted for a scoring winger out of Minnesota by the name of Phil Kessel.  Where would the Hawks be today if one of those scenarios played out?  The sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state, that my friends is the butterfly effect.

I’m sorry if I ruined your Sunday by making you picture Ovechkin or Malkin in a Hawks sweater, but even though the Cam Barker didn’t pan out I’m pretty satisfied the way it all worked out.  Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BlackhawkUp and like us on Facebook.  Go Hawks beat the Leafs!