by Ron Spence
You can’t help but be impressed with the Chicago Blackhawks. On any given night, the boys from the Windy City can beat any other NHL team.
And, they were the NHL’s youngest team when the season started – at 25.65 years of age (The Canucks were the 12th youngest at 27.78. That is before Mats Sundin skewed the number upwards.).
I was interested in how the team was assembled, and completed the following spreadsheet.
The Blackhawks still have their first round picks from 2003 until 2007 (four were picked in the top 7) and have 13 of their draft picks on the current roster. And of those first round picks, two were Dmen and three were forwards.
Chicago traded for 9 players – on their roster – and signed 9 free agents – including all three of their goalies.
Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith are the only two second rounders that the Blackhawks have kept.
Andrew Ladd came over from Carolina for Chicago’s 2001 1st round pick Tuomo Ruutu. Colin Fraser came to Chicago from Philly as part of the Alex Zhamnov trade, as did Jim Vandermeer who was later traded for Ben Eager.
And Chicago’s future picks?
They selected Kyle Beach in the 2008 draft.
Hockey’s Future said of the 11th overall pick: “Beach has the potential to become a dominating power forward at the next level if he can keep his emotions in check.”