The Chicago Blackhawks roster is not as talented as it once was, but they do still have a lot of former first-round picks.
The Chicago Blackhawks need all the help they can get moving forward, and that does include some former first-round draft picks that did not work out with their original clubs. Chicago has added more than a few players to their roster that needed a change of scenery.
I wrote about all of the first-round draft picks Stan Bowman has traded away in the past, but I failed to mention some of the first-round picks he has brought in over the years. Chicago does have a fair share of former first-round draft picks on their team, and more importantly, they have five from the past five years in their lineup.
Moving into the next ten years of Blackhawks hockey, I hope the team keeps around more of their first-round draft picks, allowing them to progress within the organization on their own time.
Here is the list of the first-round draft picks that make up the Blackhawks roster at this time.
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- Brent Seabrook (2003 – 14th Overall)
- Jonathan Toews (2006 – 3rd Overall)
- Patrick Kane (2007 – 1st Overall)
- Calvin de Haan NYI (2009 – 12th Overall)
- Connor Murphy ARI (2011 – 20th Overall)
- Malcolm Subban BOS (2012 – 24th Overall)
- Nikita Zadorov BUF (2013 – 16 Overall)
- Dylan Strome ARI (2015 – 3rd Overall)
- Alex Nylander BUF (2016 – 8th Overall)
- Adam Boqvist (2018 – 8th Overall)
- Nicolas Beaudin (2018 – 27th Overall)
- Kirby Dach (2019 – 3rd Overall)
Six of the ‘Hawks twelve former first-round picks are from other teams. Some of those deals were gambles, like Dylan Strome or Connor Murphy, but Chicago has managed to add many significant assets over the years, even if they have lost a fair share of their own former first-round draft picks.
Heading into what could be a long year for the Chicago Blackhawks, adding as many young assets throughout the year and draft picks will be critical. Hopefully, Chicago will find a way to deal an asset or two at the deadline and add some draft picks.