We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.
We have reached the number 47 in our countdown, and we have reached a player that we thought could be a defensive star on our blue line for years to come after signing as a free agent this past spring. The one thing we should know about Stan Bowman is he likes trading defensive prospects after a game or two in Chicago.
Michael Paliotta looked to have a bright future with the Chicago Blackhawks, but like the person he was traded with Brandon Saad it just wasn’t meant to be and now he’s a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.
Paliotta after signing with the Hawks was basically guaranteed a game at the NHL Level, and that’s exactly what he got was one game in the season finale. He did pick up his first NHL assist in his first action, and was mentioned as a possible candidate for the injured Michal Rozsival after the defenseman was injured in the Sweep of the Minnesota Wild but he was never given the nod and he actually went home before the playoffs ended to train for this season.
Paliotta wasn’t the first player to wear #47 in Chicago Blackhawks history so here’s a quick look at the other players that have worn the Blackhawks jersey with #47 on their back.
Adam Bennett 1992-1993
Bennett’s short stay with the Hawks ended with a trade to the Edmonton Oilers forKevin Todd.
Lasse Kukkonen 2004
Evan Brophey– Brophey played in one game in 2011 and like a lot of these one game people I don’t remember him at all.
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Last year we ranked Joel Quenneville as our 47th greatest Chicago Blackhawks and here is what we had to say about the Blackhawks coach last year before winning a third Stanley Cup this past spring.
"Coach Joel Quenneville has been anything short of spectacular with the Blackhawks. Since taking over for Dennis Savard in 2008-09, He has two Stanley Cup Championships wins (2009-10, 12-13). The Blackhawks also have made the Western Conference finals four out of the last six years.Quenneville has surged his way up to third on the all time NHL wins list behind Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour. In the line of Blackhawks coaches, Quenneville ranks second all time behind Billy Reay. Quenneville has pushed the right buttons with the Blackhawks over the last five years. He handling of superstar players such Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews has been magnificent. Quenneville splits the dynamitic duo to start the year and then reunites them when the Blackhawks are at their lowest.The Blackhawks recent success is tied to the emergence of Kane & Toews and the arrival of Joel Quenneville. Quenneville’s line blender can be very frustrating to watch and his necessity of having an enforcer is extremely old school, but you can never ever question the toughness and desire he puts in his team to never give up which is evident on how the Blackhawks have forced Game #7’s being down 3-0 to the Vancouver Canucks and 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings and LA Kings. He’s a defensive coach that preaches 200 feet and high paced action and it blends perfectly with the Hawks of today.4"
There you have it! 47 Days and counting until opening night!
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