The Chicago Blackhawks draft young, talented players every season, but only a few have ever stuck around.
No matter what round, the Chicago Blackhawks’ organization always manages to find talent. Duncan Keith, Brandon Saad, and Alex DeBrincat were all drafted in the second round. Niklas Hjalmarsson was drafted in the fourth round and Andrew Shaw in the fifth round.
Chicago has a very good knack for finding talent, so I guess it makes sense that they would be willing to part with their first-round picks more often than other teams. Finding talented players, no matter the round, makes your first-round picks more expendable, or at the very least, easier to trade.
Feeling confident in your players and depth picks makes trading your first-round draft picks more probable. Also, when you are chasing Stanley Cups year in and year out, like Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks were, your draft picks are less important.
With all of that in mind, let’s highlight the Chicago Blackhawks’ first-round draft picks under Stan Bowman and see where they are today.