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Chicago Blackhawks’ Top NHL Draft Picks Since 2000

By Colin Likas
Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 29, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

2006: Jonathan Toews, 1st round, 3rd overall

The Blackhawks’ nine picks in this draft have combined for 646 regular-season games played in the NHL. Toews has 645 of them (good job, Drew LeBlanc!).

This is when the rebuild really kicked into high gear, as the Blackhawks were lucky enough to watch St. Louis take Erik Johnson first overall and Pittsburgh nab Jordan Staal at No. 2. You don’t see too many people asking “What if the Blackhawks had taken Johnson or Staal?” because that’s a disgusting thought. The Blackhawks hit a home run in 2006.

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Toews almost immediately became the Blackhawks’ captain, taking the title before his sophomore season of 2008-09. Probably not coincidentally, the Blackhawks started their current postseason qualifying streak in that season as well.

Toews has always been the voice of reason in the locker room, but a guy who is willing to lead by actions and words on the ice as well. Toews has three Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Selke Trophy to his name behind 769 games played, 290 goals, 382 assists and a crazy 61 game-winning tallies. Like with Keith and possibly Seabrook (as well as Hjalmarsson, to some extent), there are no Cups without Toews.

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Dec 10, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane (88) celebrates after scoring during the third period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

2007: Patrick Kane, 1st round, 1st overall

Like with Toews and his draft class, Kane holds just about all of the NHL experience garnered. Seven Blackhawks draft picks in 2007 have combined for 668 games played, and Kane has all but 10 of those under his belt.

The guy who has dazzled fans and foes alike since breaking into the league in the 2007-08 season is another of those “if they don’t have him, they don’t win” pieces. The on-ice greatness was easy to see from the outset, as Kane posted 21 goals and 51 assists en route to the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

Since then, Kane has the previously mentioned three Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy (as the only American to ever capture the scoring-related honor) and possibly more awards coming his way once these ongoing playoffs are complete.

Kane’s statline shows 781 games played with an even 300 goals, 484 assists and 55 game-winning goals. Of his points, 123 have come in the postseason, including 11 of those game-winning tallies. Maybe the Edmonton Oilers keep screwing up their first-overall picks, but the Blackhawks sure didn’t miss here.

Next: 2008 And 2009

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