Chicago Blackhawks: Top 5 First Round Picks of All-Time

By Matt Barbato
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Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks legend Denis Savard during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

2. Denis Savard (3rd overall, 1980) 

Savard is one of the three best players in Blackhawks history and is second in assists (719), third in points (1,096) and fourth in goals (377). His number 18 is one of six that are hanging in the rafters in the United Center.

The one thing Savard lacks is a championship with the Hawks. In fact, Chicago never went to the Cup final with Savard on the roster. However, the Hawks did make the playoffs in all of Savard’s first 10 seasons in Chicago and reached the Conference final five times.

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Savard eventually went to Montreal and Tampa Bay for five seasons before returning to Chicago for the final three years of his illustrious career. The Hawks made the playoffs in all three of those seasons as well.

Savard came back to coach the Blackhawks during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He nearly helped the Hawks reach the playoffs yet again, but fell three points short. Savard was fired four games into the 2008-09 season and was replaced by Joel Quenneville, who led the Hawks to the Western Conference final.

Not only is Savard one of the best players in team history, he also was at the forefront of the beginning of the renaissance. He showed class and respect to the franchise by embracing his role as a Blackhawks Ambassador to go with his outstanding career.

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