Chicago Blackhawks: The 5 Best Draft Picks in 2010s

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Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks
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2011 NHL Draft – Andrew Shaw –Round Five, 139th overall

While Shaw is not as talented as the rest of the guys on this list, the reason he made the list is because his value at 139th overall is rare, to say the least.

Would the Blackhawks be able to win two Stanley cups in 2013 and 2015 without Andrew Shaw? No. Shaw is the exact type of player you want and need to make a deep run in the playoffs. His grinding and gritty mentality allows him to play this agitator role that can derail the other team from playing their game.

He has worn so many hats during his time within Chicago from the first liner to fourth-liner, to powerplay and penalty killer. That kind of versatility from a fifth-round pick is worthy of getting a spot on this list.

Side note: I think giving up a second and third-round pick for Shaw to Montreal was a very bad trade.

Honorable mentions:

Nick Schmaltz – 2014 – Round One 20th overall – Another late first-round pick that provided second-line talent for the Blackhawks. I know there were a decent amount of Blackhawks fans that didn’t like Schmaltz, but he is still a second-line NHL center.

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Vinne Hinostroza 2012– Round One, 169th overall – 100 points and 246 games played for a sixth-round pick isn’t too shabby. Ultimately, given his short stint in Chicago and the other picks in this article, I can’t justify it being a top 5 pick.