No. 16: C Ed Olczyk (1984-87; 1998-2000)
This was a tough one. It could have gone to Chico Maki, who spent his entire 14-year career in Chicago wearing mostly 16. It could have gone to Marcus Kruger, who has been key to two Stanley Cup runs and even gave up the 16 for a bit last season. Bobby Hull appeared earlier in this series with his typical No. 9, so I wasn’t going there again.
Eddie O might seem like a strange pick, given that he spent most of his career outside Chicago. But he started with the Blackhawks, and he was really good off the bat. Olczyk tallied 50 points in 70 games in his rookie season, netting some Calder Trophy votes. He improved to a point per game the following year, netting 79 points in 79 contests. It seemed like he was going to be a big piece of Chicago’s future.
But after posting just 51 points in 79 games during his third season, he was shipped to Toronto, starting a tumultuous career for Olczyk. He eventually found his way back to Chicago for some twilight time, which wasn’t anything to talk about statistically.
Next: No. 17