Stan Bowman has a tendency to fall in love with draft classes. Over the years we have watched him seem to collect players from specific years with limited success.
Nearly a year ago, we took a deep dive into an apparent love affair Bowman had with the 2012 NHL Draft. In addition to eight players selected by the Blackhawks that year, Chicago eventually added six more via trade or free agency.
With news that the Hawks have signed Madison Bowey on Thursday, a quick look back at 2013 shows that Bowman may have adjusted his gaze to that year’s draft.
Here are the players Chicago drafted in 2013:
- 1 (30) – Ryan Hartman, F
- 2 (51) – Carl Dahlstrom, D
- 3 (74) – John Hayden, F
- 4 (111) – Robin Norell, D
- 4 (121) – Tyler Motte, F
- 5 (134) – Luke Johnson, F
- 6 (181) – Anthony Louis, F
- 7 (211) – Robin Press, D
So, like 2012, the Blackhawks made eight selections in 2013. Hartman, Dahlstrom, Hayden, Motte and Johnson eventually saw some action with the Blackhawks; Motte is currently enjoying his time in Vancouver while the rest of the class has been less than spectacular.
Many of Bowman’s drafted classes over the past decade have left a lot to be desired.
However, there were a few good players in the 2013 draft class that the Blackhawks either didn’t get the chance to pick or passed on. And now it appears Bowman has kept an eye on the draft from eight years ago.
Bowey is only the latest player added from the 2013 class. Here are the players selected that year who have, at some point, become part of the Blackhawks organization.
- 1 (16) – Colorado – Nikita Zadorov, D
- 1 (27) – Winnipeg – Marko Dano, F
- 2 (31) – Florida – Ian McCoshen , D
- 2 (39) – Arizona – Laurent Dauphin, F
- 2 (53) – Washington – Madison Bowey, D
- 3 (80) – NY Rangers – Anthony Duclair, F
- 7 (191) – Los Angeles – Dominik Kubalik, F
That makes seven more players from 2013 who have, at some point, been part of the Blackhawks’ organization. Between Chicago’s owned selections and acquisitions, seven players from the first two rounds of the 2013 draft have been part of the Hawks.
Of the 15 players from the 2013 NHL Draft who have, at some point, been part of the Blackhawks, only two – Zadorov and Kubalik – are on the NHL roster. And Bowey is the third who is still associated with the club in some way.