Chicago Blackhawks 2015 NHL Draft Recap

Heading into one of the most hyped drafts in recent memory, many figured the Blackhawks would be active as they try to shed veterans with big cap hits (Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell, specifically).

But when the dust settled and the final name – a Hawks selection – was called, Chicago hadn’t made a deal and used only the picks they owned coming into the weekend.

Here’s a look a the players who have joined the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

Graham Knott
Graham Knott

2nd round – 54th overall: Graham Knott, LW, Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
6-4, 190
DOB: 1/13/1997
2014-15 season: 59 games, 25 goals, 18 assists, 43 points
#57 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings.
Profile from – “A big-bodied power winger whose net front presence pays dividends at the end of the night. Strong skater, but could work on his acceleration with the puck. Transitions well and, as previously stated, likes to hang around the net and cause havoc. Good shot and, usually, quite accurate. All-in-all, the prototypical power winger that has the skill and determination to make an impact each shift.” Draft Profile

3rd round – 81st overall: Dennis Gilbert, D, Chicago Steel (USHL)
6-3, 201
DOB: 10/30/1996
2014-15 season: 59 games, 4 goals, 23 assists, 27 points, 89 PIM
#58 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings.
Committed to play at Notre Dame in 2015-16. Draft Profile

4th round – 121st overall: Ryan Shea, D, Boston College High
6-1, 175
DOB: 2/11/1997
2014-15 season: 2 games, o points
#155 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings.
Has committed to play at Northeastern University in 2016-17. Draft Profile

5th round – 151st overall: Radovan Bondra, RW, Kosice HC (Slovak)
6-6, 220
DOB: 1/27/1997
2014-15 season: 15 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
#34 International Skater in final Central Scouting rankings
Profile from – “A hulking power winger that plays a skill game, Bondra is a shifty skater blessed with predatory offensive instincts and a nose for the net. Good puck-handling ability; protects the puck exceptionally well with his size. Could be more physical, but that will come. All-in-all, a talented scorer that can be very difficult for the opposition to contain.” Draft Profile

6th round – 164th overall: Roy Radke, RW, Barrie Colts (OHL)
6-3, 203
DOB: 12/10/1996
2014-15 season: 64 games, 9 goals, 9 assists, 18 points
#104 North American Skater in final Central Scouting rankings
Born in Geneva, IL. Posted 40 points in 49 games at Shattuck St. Mary’s during the 2013-14 season.
Profile from – “Radke has good size and plays well in all three zones. He has a good nose for the net bu can also move well on the outside. Playing third line minutes this season, he still found ways to contribute and is poised for a much improved year statistically next season.” Draft Profile

6th round – 181st overall: Joni Tuulola, D, HPK Hameenlinna (SM-liiga)
6-3, 180
DOB: 1/1/1996
2014-15 season: 32 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points
#32 International Skater in final Central Scouting rankings Draft Profile

7th round – 211th overall: John Dahlstrom, RW, Frolunda Jrs (Sweden)
6-0, 190
DOB: 1/22/1997
2014-15 season: 2 games, 0 points
Not ranked by Central Scouting Draft Profile

27 thoughts on “Chicago Blackhawks 2015 NHL Draft Recap

  1. Plenty of size in that selection. 6″-6″ 220, has a good “hockey name” (Bondra). Liking that we played it real cool and no panic fire sale going on. Why should we? Looks as if many many teams “holding off to pick up bargains later” strategy could backfire because if they all do it then it doesn’t work. This years draft was simply to deep and also signals a widespread change to rebuilding carefully. Once again I believe the Blackhawk organization are one step ahead of the curve by building and selecting outside of this ie Panarin. We could be in for a long summer. Things will happen in time. Bowman will play his cards right.

  2. No sooner said then Rannta off to the Rangers! Wonder if they play him opening night at the UC against his former team?

  3. Tab, you and this blog are the best… don’t take this the wrong way. Could you have found a picture of SB looking any more bummed out??? The dude just won the Cup. Oh yeah, last season is over, next season has begun!!!

  4. ……someone is listening…….Graham Knott….Canadian power forward has been ranked in top 40 -50 players of his age group for a few years now and represented Canada…and Radovan Bondra another power forward from the same place as Hossa and Chara….Slovakia….should be interesting watching their development on the Blackhawks……one goal….lets do it again….

  5. Everyone praises Stan, but it’s Tallon who built this team as much credit as bowman takes, Keith, Seabrook, crawford, Toews , Kane , trade for sharp, signing hossa, I don’t want to be a hater, but Stan over paid for Vermette, for what we gave up we should of gotten Yandle? Timonen trade was mind boggling 2- second rounds picks for a guy who hadn’t played competitive hockey in a year? Steeger trade year prior, trading jimmy Hayes, Pirri, Morin, letting Kevin Hayes walk, we better hope his dad (scotty) lives to be 120 to keep helping hawks. Then failure to unload sharp, Bickel and steeger? Maybe the rest of the league is looking at it saying, let hawks die? IDK but lack of movement on our part is frustrating. Yes it has worked out, maybe Stan has a grand plan, I just don’t have faith in his judgement.

  6. You’re right, Larry. Bowman did nothing to keep this team competitive since taking over a salary cap nightmare in 2010. He certainly didn’t draft Saad and Shaw, trade for Oduya, sign Richards, or manage to build an enviable stockpile of prospects like Teravainen and Panarin… what a shame that the GM is free loading all the credit…

  7. …..Larry….wake up the Blackhawks have won the Cup for the third time with Bowman……Tallon is still building a great team in Florida….but they will be lucky to make the playoffs……….

  8. Kudos to Tallon, but remember, he was the first Hawk GM in a looooong time to have an open checkbook and a ton of Cap space. And he did a good job. Tallon’s work won us a championship in 2010.

    What SB has done is actually a lot harder. That is staying on Top. That is managing the Cap better than any GM in the league. Has he been perfect, of course not. BUT he has navigated through what no GM has had to do AND stay competitive. SB has been a great GM. I am glad he is on our side.

  9. @Mike

    That’s SB’s happy face. How dare that lay-about take Tallon’s thunder and bring in Saad, Shaw and Teravainen! (Raanta, Darling, Johns, etc..)

  10. Get your facts straight, Larry. Keith and Seabrook were drafted by Mike Smith, the GM before Tallon.

  11. Let’s not ignore Tallon’s legacy here. As usual, anthony justin is off base with his comment… but Bowman has done a magnificent job of keeping this team on top and taking the foundation built by Tallon and building it into a dynasty

  12. …..Tallon was certainly worthy of having name on cup in 2010 and was resposible for amassing the core talent on this team…..but doubt he will repeat his achievement in Florida…..would love to have him back as a senior advisor with Blackhawks….as fans we will always be thankful for his administrative contributions to the Blackhawk dynasty……great hockey man….sorry if I was offbase…..but long live the Bowmans….

  13. Tab, thank you for being the voice/blog of reason. Other blogs are just killing Stan like he is, well, Don Sweeney.

    When you have NHL assets like Sharp and Bickell, you don’t just give them away because it’s the draft. Nothing has to be decided until October, cap wise.

    Stan’s phone will ring. Trevor Linden said on the NHL network that a players value is what the market says it is. He said he got value for Eddie Lack.
    Stan knows this and he will wait until his phone rings. The instant gratification crowd thought that were going to walk away with a kings ransom. Because it did not happen on day 1 or day 2 of the draft doesn’t mean Stan lost.

    Sorry if sounds like a rant but last check the Hawks won their 3rd Stanley Cup earlier this month. Teams will call about the above mentioned players and at some point Stan will pull the trigger.

  14. It was a long time between cups from 1961 to 2010. Now another 2 more in the next 5 years after that. Even the great Hawk teams in the 70’s with the likes of Bobby Hull, and Stan Mikita never won a cup. (I know I was watching them lose to the Canadians on closed circuit TV.) If anyone remembers the regular season this year it was very up and down and only a third place in the division however things could not have ended better. The “help” Stan picked up when Kaner went down really contributed to the Hawks winning in the end and if the team lost a few draft picks so be it. Oh and if one of the trades was not perfect, the trades for Vermette and Dejardins more than made up for it! Kudos to SB for a job well done!

  15. Well- it’s seems that the Hawks drafted a Crap-ton of SIZE this draft!!!

    I love the fact that the Hawks drafted Size- and Haggerty seems to be a Right handed sniper/Hossa w/ great release/one timer….

    But- does anyone know or have 1st hand knowledge on how these guys can skate???

    If these guys can all Skate… I love the picks… Hawks have a ton of “smaller/quicker set-up guys”- but need 2-3 guys who are big, heavy, heavy shot…
    Kane, TT, Panarin (both sniper/passer), Hinostroza, Schmaltz- all Quick/passing types..

    If anyone has 1st hand “scouting reports” on the quickness/skating of any of these “big boys”… love to hear it.

    If Radke/and Rad-Bo (Czech kid) can skate… luv the picks

  16. I cant believe there is still Dale Tallon built this thing talk. Thats 5 yrs ago now. As for the draft, i donĀ“t all the specific players beyond the top few guys at each position. Clearly the Hawks value college guys its been Stans pattern since he took over for Dale.

    Tab do you know howany scouts the Hawks have. I was listening to TSN and they kept talking about the JETS have 20 scouts and the leafs have 10. The Jets have quietly had a strong draft according to the experts.

  17. After my comment i looked online and according to Hockeyfutures the Jets now have the number 1 minor league system. Hawks are 8.

  18. A Little surprised the Hawks didn’t select J Bracco w 54th pick…
    kid is small… but has Put up Patrick Kane type numbers in U.S. Program…
    actually more assists than Kane!!! an elite playmaker!!!

    I think he will be a very nice player-

  19. Unlike the NBA draft or NFL draft where the “players” can be measured, the NHL drafts are such a fishing expedition for talent that will live up to expectations. Such a difference in the size and speed of the NHL, so many just never make it. It’s a long hard road . . . but with a little luck and a ton of hard work in the gym ya never know.

  20. SSHM,

    The Blackhawks have in excess of 20 guys doing scouting but some have other duties and there are personnel whose title isn’t officially “scout” who do some scouting and weigh in on the draft and pro acquisitions. Norm MacIver for one who’s the Asst. GM but he does lots of scouting both pro and amateur and guys like Ron Anderson who’s technically the Director of Player Recruitment (pretty sure) but he does scouting and gets heavily involved with college free agents. Stan Bowman himself does some scouting as does Al McIsaac, and the Blackhawks also have a large staff of pro scouts which they beefed up in the last two years.

    They felt they had a weakness in tracking and monitoring pro players they didn’t draft or didn’t sign and wanted to have a better handle on staying up to date on those guys so they added more pro scouts. A good example of this is the Raanta trade bringing in Ryan Haggerty from NYR. He is a guy they knew about from the U.S. Development program and I have no doubt they tried to sign him as a free agent out of RPI. He signed with the Rangers but lo and behold a year later they had a chance to trade for him and they did.

    It’s no secret teams like Winnipeg and Toronto are modeling their scouting staff after organizations like Detroit and Chicago who have proven to be successful. Sheer numbers of scouts doesn’t ensure success of course but I’d imagine it’s helpful in not letting players go unnoticed or fall through the cracks.

    By the way, if you’re interested in who all the scouts and player personnel guys are with the Blackhawks, they have a pretty comprehensive list at the main website under Team and Front Office. They even have a European goaltending scout which is new in the recent past.

    The Blackhawks have stated that while there’s a salary cap, there’s no salary cap on scouting and development – so they lots of personnel.

  21. Good post as always Hof. I actually grew up with Dennis Gilbert’s father in Tonawanda, New York. His Dad was a fantastic athlete at the same school his son attended St. Joe’s.

    People back in Buffalo tell me the Gilbert kid we picked is a fantastic puck mover. We shall see how he handles playing big time college hockey at Notre Dame.

    I like the Knott pick, the Bondra pick and the Tuollola selection could be one of those diamond in the rough type dahlbeck picks.

    We shall see but in Mark Kelley I trust.

    For all the dale tallon followers out there. Something to keep in mind, after he drafted Toews in 2006 he got nothing else out of that draft. After he drafted Kane in 20o7 he got nothing out of the rest of the draft. Lots of swings and misses including Beach in 2008 and Dylan Olsen in 2009.

  22. Tallon was GM from 05-09. He did a lot of good things for the Hawks. However, there’s a common misconception that he drafted players like Keith, Seabrook and Crawford. Those guys were drafted by gasp….Mike Smith! Notable first round flops drafted by Tallon include Jack Skille, Kyle Beach, and Dylan Olsen.

    He hit on 2 of 5 of his first round picks. I don’t want to discredit Tallon’s work. He turned the pick acquired from Karpotsev into Hjalmarsson.

    But let’s give Stan his credit. Sure he had a helluva canvas to start with, but how he chose to navigate cap purgatory has been impressive. He could have kept Byfuglien instead of Sharp. Byfuglien has no structure to his game as a defenseman. He got a 1st round pick for the rights to Brouwer. He traded Cam Barker for a former first round pick in Nick Leddy and Kim Johnsson. He traded Leddy for Ville Pokka. He has found a way to infuse talent in the prospect pool from older more expensive players. Not an easy thing to do.

    Let’s reserve judgement until the Hawks have to be compliant. They don’t need to be compliant in June. Stan and crew have earned our trust.

  23. Nice size in the draft, give those 175 pounders a couple years to fill out their 6’+ frames and that will be a nice crop to pick from in a couple years.

    Again with the “Vermette was too expensive.” Unbelievable that solidifying the center position, 3 GW PLAYOFF GOALS, and A CUP CHAMPIONSHIP doesn’t seem to be enough return for the last pick in the first round of the draft and a D that didn’t move Q’s needle. You just can’t account for other people’s opinions, I think that’s nuts, but that’s just me.

    SB is obviously very good, curious to see what happens when the old man finally retires though. He’s still sharp as a tack and has plenty to say about talent, curious how much input he has, I’m betting plenty.

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