The Blackhawks’ roster to open the 2016-17 season is set, with a handful of young faces joining the championship core in Chicago.
So how did the 24 players on the roster (23 active, Andrew Desjardins on IR) get to the Blackhawks?
There will be five former Blackhawks first round picks, including the Blackhawks’ two most recent first round selections (Chicago didn’t have a first round pick in 2015 or 2016). Four other players were drafted by the Hawks after at least 100 other names had alreayd been called.
Two trades that felt minor at the time will play significant roles with Richard Panik and Gustav Forsling in the lineup on Wednesday.
And GM Stan Bowman and his team of scouts have done a magnificent job of identifying free agents and landing the players they have wanted. Artemi Panarin is coming off a Calder Trophy season and the Hawks will look for contributions from Michal Kempny on the blue line this season.
Jonathan Toews – 2006 – 1st round (#3)
Patrick Kane – 2007 – 1st round (#1)
Marcus Kruger – 2009 – 5th round (#149)
Vince Hinostroza – 2012 – 6th round (#169)
Ryan Hartman – 2013 – 1st round (#30)
Tyler Motte – 2013 – 4th round (#121)
Nick Schmaltz – 2014 – 1st round (#20)
Duncan Keith – 2002 – 2nd round (#54)
Brent Seabrook – 2003 – 1st round (#14)
Niklas Hjalmarsson – 2005 – 4th round (#108)
Corey Crawford – 2003 – 2nd round (#52)
Andrew Desjardins – from SJ for Ben Smith (3/2/15)
Artem Anisimov – from CBJ with Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a 4th pick in the 2016 draft (Anatoly Golyshev) for Alex Broadhurst, Brandon Saad and Michael Paliotta (6/30/15)
Richard Panik – from TOR for Jeremy Morin (1/3/16)
Gustav Forsling – from VAN for Adam Clendening (1/29/15)
- Free Agents
Trevor van Riemsdyk