How The Blackhawks Were Built – Defensemen

After looking at how Chicago wound up with a goaltending group of Corey Crawford, Scott Darling and Antti Raanta earlier, now let’s look back at how the Blackhawks’ blue line was assembled.

Keith Draft


  • Duncan Keith – 2nd round, 54th overall – 2002
  • Brent Seabrook – 1st round, 14th overall – 2003


  • Niklas Hjalmarsson – draft pick rights (4th round, 108th overall) in 2005 NHL Draft were acquired from the New York Islanders in exchange for Alexander Karpovtsev on March 2, 2004.
  • Johnny Oduyaacquired from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2nd round pick (#61 – Zach Sanford) and 3rd round pick (#91 – J.C. Lipon) in the 2013 NHL Draft on Feb. 27, 2012.
  • David Rundbladacquired with defenseman Mathieu Brisebois from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for 2nd round pick in the 2014 draft (#58 – Christian Dvorak) on March 4, 2014.
  • Kimmo Timonenacquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two 2nd round draft picks* (2015 and 2016 – TBD) on Feb. 27, 2015.


  • Trevor van Riemsdyk
  • Kyle Cumiskey
  • Michal Rozsival

3 thoughts on “How The Blackhawks Were Built – Defensemen

  1. Some cool insight Tab. I must add this link of Foley ripping Karpovtsev (RIP).
    Karpovtsev played 3 games for the Islanders. And to think Foley would have traded him for a bag of pucks

  2. I’ve heard that a few times over the years and loved every second of it. Thanks for the reminder. One thing for sure, it left no doubt about Pat Foley’s feelings.

  3. Wow, I’ve never heard Pat Foley speak about someone like that. He must have been a real dbag.

    Those Keith-Seabrook back to back draft picks were much like the Toews-Kane picks a few years later in terms of org. impact. Cool to see how this roster all came together, thanks Tab.

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