Until trades change the 2015 NHL Draft order, which will inevitably happen soon, the Blackhawks don’t have a pick in this week’s Draft until the 54th overall selection because of trades they’ve already made. Chicago sent their first round pick to Arizona for Antoine Vermette and their own second round pick to Philadelphia for Kimmo Timonen.
As it stands now, the Hawks’ first pick will be the 54th overall selection – a number that has special significance in the organization’s history – because Kevin Hayes decided to sign with the Rangers last summer.
However, as history shows us, the second round has been very good to these Chicago Blackhawks.
Here are a few of the players from the 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup Champions who were selected in the second round.
2002 – 54th overall – Duncan Keith
2003 – 52nd overall – Corey Crawford
2004 – 32nd overall – Dave Bolland
2004 – 41st overall – Bryan Bickell
2011 – 43rd overall – Brandon Saad
And another second round pick might be ready to join the mix at the United Center this fall.
2010 – 60th overall – Stephen Johns
For a complete list of Blackhawks draft picks since 1991, click here.