If the Chicago Blackhawks built their team strictly through the draft, they would still be perennial Cup contenders. Here’s what their lineup would look like without the help of free agency and the restrictions of today’s hard salary cap.
Throughout the last few seasons, many of us Chicago Blackhawks fans have tinkered with the roster during our free time trying to find the perfect lineup. Some of us have even played around with the salary cap number trying to do our best Stan Bowman impression.
As much as we would like to think we know all the answers, coach Joel Quenneville and GM Bowman make these hard decisions every day and have done a great job putting together winning teams in the salary cap era.
But what if there was no salary cap? What if the Blackhawks could afford to keep all of their draft picks? What if we could enjoy the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup without talking about who has to leave the team just days later?
I went back to the year 2000, which seems like a reasonable timeframe for players to still be playing in the league today (with the exception of Jaromir Jagr). I’m sure my “dream team” isn’t perfect, so I would love to hear your opinion of who I blatantly forgot or who should be removed from my lineup.
So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my Blackhawks’ “All Drafted Team.”