Editorials

Chicago Blackhawks’ ‘All-Drafted Team’ Would Compete Annually

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough during a press conference to announce that Chicago will host the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough during a press conference to announce that Chicago will host the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 1, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) looks on before practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) looks on before practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Centers

Jonathan Toews – Drafted in 2006, University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux

Why not start with the most decorated player on the team?  Jonathan Toews was drafted third overall in 2006 behind Jordan Staal, who went to Pittsburgh, and Erik Johnson, who was drafted No. 1 overall by St. Louis.

It’s absolutely frightening to think that our archrivals could have drafted the Blackhawks’ captain.  It’s even more frightening that the Penguins could have gone three deep with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Toews.  Either way, I’m glad Toews landed in Chicago and became the captain of our beloved Blackhawks.

Kevin Hayes – Drafted in 2010, Boston College Eagles

I might get some heat on this pick, but Kevin Hayes was originally drafted to be that second-line center we always longed for.

But after some drama at Boston College and the trading away of his brother Jimmy Hayes, Kevin decided hitting the free agency market was the best opportunity for him.  An issue that could have played a part in Hayes’ decision to leave Chicago was the lo jam in the top six that would have limited the playing time for the former first-round pick.

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Feb 13, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Florida Panthers center Dave Bolland (63) during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars shut out the Panthers 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Dave Bolland – Drafted in 2004, London Knights

The Rat was one of the Blackhawks’ fan favorites.  His reputation was getting under the skin of the NHL’s top players and he never disappointed.

Bolland‘s game-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final was one of the most exciting moments in Blackhawks history, as the Blackhawks scored twice in 17 seconds to win their second Stanley Cup in four years.  He’s the perfect checking-line centerman.

 Marcus Kruger – Drafted in 2009, Sweden

Marcus Kruger has made a career here in Chicago killing penalties and grinding on the third and fourth lines.  At only 186 pounds, Kruger makes up for his size with his effort and willingness to make the smart play.

His goal in the 2015 Western Conference finals against the Ducks in triple overtime was  unbelievable.  He’s played a major part in how the Blackhawks use bottom-six players productively instead of stocking the role with goons.

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