Some people would probably consider the phrase ‘Chicago Blackhawks 2000s all-decade team’ to be an oxymoron, and that wouldn’t be entirely untrue. The ‘Hawks were notoriously bad in the early 2000s, but there were still some talented players that laced them up during this era.
The Blackhawks saw a number of players come and go during the tumultuous period prior to their 2010 Stanley Cup Championship, their first in 49 years. The club lost in the first round of the 2002 playoffs and would not return to the postseason until 2009.
The early 2000s saw a lot of ups and downs with this team. It was not until the drafting of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, along with the hiring of coach Joel Quenneville, that the ‘Hawks began to see success.
Even though the team had very little success in this decade, there were still some notable names that took to the ice for Chicago. While it never translated to much postseason success, the team still put up 40+ wins in 2002 and 2008. Although this is not that impressive by today’s standards, this team still had some players that will likely be Hall of Famers, if not elected to the Hall already.
Putting together an all-decade team is never an easy task, especially given that the accomplishments of the Chicago Blackhawks during this time were few and far between. Taking a look at both individual seasons and the decade as a whole, I’ve put together the top player for each position to compile a group of the best.
Here is my Chicago Blackhawks 2000s all-decade team.