Who will the Blackhawks select in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft? We’re a couple weeks away from the event, and there will undoubtedly be a few trades that shake up the order before – and during – the draft.
But let’s begin looking ahead by looking back: what picks do the Hawks have this summer? And how did they arrive at their current selections?
When the NHL reconsidered the New Jersey Devils’ penalty from the Ilya Kovalchuk circumvention situation, they locked the Devils in with the 30th pick. This means the Chicago Blackhawks own the 27th overall selection in this year’s first round, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning (who received the Rangers’ first round pick in the Callahan-St. Louis trade), the Stanley Cup champion LA Kings, and then the Devils.
The Blackhawks do not have a second round pick; they dealt what is the 58th overall selection to Phoenix for David Rundblad.
However, the Hawks own the 62nd overall pick (the second pick of the third round, from Florida for Brandon Pirri) and their own 3rd round pick (#88).
Chicago also owns the 93rd overall selection (the third pick of the fourth round); this pick was originally owned by the Oilers, but was traded to the Leafs (for Mike Brown) and eventually moved to the Hawks in the Dave Bolland trade last summer. The Blackhawks traded their fourth round pick (#118) to the Islanders for Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard; the Islanders later moved the pick to Washington for Jaroslav Halak.
Chicago has two picks in the fifth round as well, owning 141st and 148th overall selections. The Hawks acquired the 141st overall in a swap of picks with the Sharks at the 2013 Draft. San Jose traded a 2013 fourth round pick (#111 – Robin Norell) and a 2014 fifth round pick to Chicago for fourth and fifth round picks in the 2013 Draft (#117 – Fredrik Bergvik and #151 – Gage Ausmus).
The Hawks then own only their original picks in the sixth (#178) and seventh (#208) rounds.
So, in review, here are the Hawks’ picks in the 2014 NHL Draft:
3 (62) – from FLA for Pirri
4 (93) – from TOR for Bolland
5 (141) – from SJ for picks