How The Blackhawks Helped The Sedins Land In Vancouver

For an hour before the Blackhawks played the Canucks, Vancouver celebrated the careers of Daniel and Henrik Sedin. The two future Hall of Famers put together incredible careers in Vancouver, and they wouldn’t have been together from the start of their career if not for… the Chicago Blackhawks.

Let’s get in the way-back machine and go back to 1999.

The big story heading into the 1999 NHL Draft was two twin brothers from Sweden named Daniel and Henrik Sedin. There were a number of good prospects that year, but the intrigue was that the Sedins wanted to play together. Most analysts were convinced that both Sedins would come off the board in the top four picks.

Chicago was coming off a 70-point season that left them tenth in the Western Conference. However, Blackhawks GM Bob Murray successfully moved up to the fourth overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery.

Brian Burke was the general manager in Vancouver at the time and wanted both Sedins. It took some convincing, but Burke was able to talk Murray out of the fourth overall pick in a deal that sent defenseman Bryan McCabe and a first round pick to Chicago.

Burke had to make a couple more trades, one with Tampa and another with Atlanta, to wind up with the second and third overall selections in the 1999 NHL Draft. Atlanta selected Patrik Stefan with the top pick. Burke then selected Daniel second and Henrik third overall.

The Blackhawks ended up with Steve McCarthy with the 23rd overall pick in that year’s first round.

Fast forward 16 months to the start of the 2000-01 season. Chicago shipped McCabe to the Maple Leafs for Alexander Karpovtsev.

Karpovtsev, of course, is most remembered for being on the receiving end of Pat Foley’s infamous rant when Chicago dealt him to the Islanders. That rant took place on March 4, 2005. The Blackhawks received a fourth round pick in the 2005 NHL Draft from the Islanders for Karpovtsev, an overpay in Foley’s estimation.

That fourth round pick wound up being the 108th overall selection in the 2005 NHL Draft. The Blackhawks selected defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.

The dominoes worked out well for both teams. Only three players from the 1999 NHL Draft produced more than 624 points: the Sedin brothers and Henrik Zetterberg. Only four players appeared in more than 1,000 games from that year’s draft. And only two – Daniel and Henrik – had more than 1,000 points and 1,000 games played.

Hjalmarsson became a centerpiece of the Blackhawks’ three Stanley Cup championships.

11 thoughts on “How The Blackhawks Helped The Sedins Land In Vancouver

  1. 1.Anyone here think BUFF, LADD, HOSSA, SHARP, BICKELL, EAGER, BROUWER, STALBERG, FROLIC, SHARP, BOLLAND, get knocked down by Benn at the blueline like Cagg did tonight? Of course not!

    2. What GM spends money on a 4th line journeyman AHL/NHL player like Carpenter? Oh yeah, we have that GM in Chicago! Kampf was enough or you can easily groom anyone to do that job in your farm system. NOT BOWMAN!

    3. Just for one second, think about this, Toews is stuck playing with Kubalik (decent player) and Cagg?
    And Kane stuck tonight playing with Carpenter. Both 19 & 88 stuck playing with Zack Smith/now Carpenter on the PP? Seriously, this coach is a clown! You want to win games, put players in a position to succeed! Last year DCAT and Strome were on the PP, now we have Kubalik and Zack Smith? Joke

    4. EASY SOLUTION to score goals Mr. COLLITON: LOAD UP! Joke!
    1. 20 19 8
    2. 12 17 88
    3. 91 77 92
    4. 15 64 22

  2. Unreal, this coach has Carpenter on the PP in front of the net while SAAD sits on the bench? Seriously, this coach is a clown! How can you actually choose Carpenter or Smith over SAAD.

  3. Has Kubalik scored more goals in the NHL than Dcat on a PP? Answer is NO!
    Has Carpenter or Smith ever scored a PP goal in the NHL or does SAAD have more?
    NO!
    So what is this coach trying to prove? Trying to make his GM look good! Seriously, Smith and Carpenter getting ice time on the PP while Dcat, Strome and Saad watch?
    JOKE!

  4. Have to get #1 picks for both our goalies. Package two #1s for one higher #1. Get lucky again and draft LaFranchies. Many goalies UFA including ours to sign again. Need beef to be added to this team.

  5. What to do if you are Rocky Wirtz and John McDonaugh?You know that this team is not making the playoffs.You promised consequences if they did not make the playoffs.Do you let Bowman make anymore major decisions knowing that you have to fire him?I think they tell Bowman that they are not paying Lehner so get the most that you can for him.Maybe they let him move Gus also.They then sign Crawford to a 2 year Contract and clean house removing Bowman and Colliton at seasons end.I think the Hunter Brothers would want more power than Wirtz would give them but hopefully he has a G.M. lined up to right this ship.

  6. I’ve asked this before, but I don’t follow trade in hockey as close as I do in other sports.

    When a goalie has been traded at the TDL what was the return?

  7. Fan02 not sure how mucb this helps but a couple comparable.

    In 2018 Detroit sent Mzarek to Flyers for a condutional 4th pick and conditional 3rd if he resigned he didn’t. The 4th became a 3rd if Flyers made playoffs and He won 5 games they did. The 3rd bacame 2nd if they adcanced to 2nd rd. Believe they didn’t so ended up netting a 3rd rndr for hin.

    In 2014 Buffalo traded Ryan Miller with Steve Ott to Blues for Halak, Chris Stewart a 1st rnder and 3rd rnder

    In 2014 Canucks traded Luongo for Jakob Markstrom and Shawn Matthais.

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