Chicago Blackhawks’ Best At Each Sweater, Nos. 51-59

By Colin Likas
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Apr 11, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the third period against the Calgary Flames at MTS Centre. Winnipeg wins 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 52: D/F Dustin Byfuglien (2005-08)

I didn’t want Byfuglien to be the pick for No. 33, the number he wore during some of his best times with the Blackhawks. But at No. 52, there aren’t a lot of great options, so Byfuglien can be used here.

He wore 52 in two partial season and one full season with the Blackhawks to open his career. After eight points in 34 games during stints with the big league team in 2005-06 and 2006-07, he jumped to a full-time role with Chicago and tallied 36 points in 67 games in 2007-08.

Byfuglien became a more noticeable presence when he switched to No. 33 the following season, mostly because he stuck himself right in front of every opposing goaltender and planted opposing players with hits. His efforts helped Chicago to the 2010 Cup.

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Sep 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39) during the first period against the Washington Capitals at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 53: G Nikolai Khabibulin (2005-06)

Yeah, so this is one of those situations where we have very few options for a number. Khabibulin donned No. 39 for most of his tumultuous Chicago run, but he was 53 for the 2005-06 season.

Khabibulin was coming off a Stanley Cup run with Tampa Bay just before the 2004-05 lockout, so no doubt the Blackhawks thought they were getting a fine veteran starter to hold the post until some youngsters could be pushed to the forefront.

Khabibulin went 17-26-6 in his one season wearing No. 53, and he finished a so-so 91-80-25 during his time in Chicago. His one playoff run saw Khabibulin go 8-6 in 2009.

Next: Nos. 54 And 55