How The 2016-17 Blackhawks Were Built

The Blackhawks’ roster to open the 2016-17 season is set, with a handful of young faces joining the championship core in Chicago.

So how did the 24 players on the roster (23 active, Andrew Desjardins on IR) get to the Blackhawks?

There will be five former Blackhawks first round picks, including the Blackhawks’ two most recent first round selections (Chicago didn’t have a first round pick in 2015 or 2016). Four other players were drafted by the Hawks after at least 100 other names had alreayd been called.

Two trades that felt minor at the time will play significant roles with Richard Panik and Gustav Forsling in the lineup on Wednesday.

And GM Stan Bowman and his team of scouts have done a magnificent job of identifying free agents and landing the players they have wanted. Artemi Panarin is coming off a Calder Trophy season and the Hawks will look for contributions from Michal Kempny on the blue line this season.

toews draft

  • Draft

Jonathan Toews – 2006 – 1st round (#3)
Patrick Kane – 2007 – 1st round (#1)
Marcus Kruger – 2009 – 5th round (#149)
Vince Hinostroza – 2012 – 6th round (#169)
Ryan Hartman – 2013 – 1st round (#30)
Tyler Motte – 2013 – 4th round (#121)
Nick Schmaltz – 2014 – 1st round (#20)

Duncan Keith – 2002 – 2nd round (#54)
Brent Seabrook – 2003 – 1st round (#14)
Niklas Hjalmarsson – 2005 – 4th round (#108)

Corey Crawford – 2003 – 2nd round (#52)


  • Trade

Andrew Desjardins – from SJ for Ben Smith (3/2/15)
Artem Anisimov – from CBJ with Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a 4th pick in the 2016 draft (Anatoly Golyshev) for Alex Broadhurst, Brandon Saad and Michael Paliotta (6/30/15)
Richard Panik – from TOR for Jeremy Morin (1/3/16)

Gustav Forsling – from VAN for Adam Clendening (1/29/15)

Artemi Panarin

  • Free Agents

Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin
Jordin Tootoo
Dennis Rasmussen

Brian Campbell
Trevor van Riemsdyk
Michal Rozsival
Michal Kempny

Scott Darling

8 thoughts on “How The 2016-17 Blackhawks Were Built

  • October 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    * Anatoly Golyshev was drafted by the Islanders. They traded for the pick (No. 95) from Chicago for pick No. 110 and a 2017 6th rounder.

  • October 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Golyshev was barely draft eligible. He’ll be 22 in February and he isn’t putting up the points he did last year. He’s even played 4 games in the second tier where hes scored 1 measly point.

    Shalunov meanwhile is still over a ppg player. 8th in total points and 2nd in goals. Some former NHL superstars, some washouts, and a few never was players ahead of him. Tough to compare. Coaches over there are much more critical of younger players. They’re worse than Q tenfold.

  • October 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Former Hawks Jiri Sekac,Peter Regin, Matt Ellison, Jeff Taffe, and Rob Klinkhammer are 31st, 44th, 48th,51st,and 60th in scoring.

    Oh and Mike Keenan is auctioning some stuff to support his daughter’s ocular melanoma. That sounds awful.

  • October 10, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Ernie- Do Hawks still own rights to Shalunov?

    I think I asked before… but I don’t remember if anyone gave a definite answer???

  • October 11, 2016 at 2:09 am

    No they do not. Relinquished summer 2015 if memory serves correct.

  • October 11, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I thought so… but wasn’t sure if you are 100% on that.


  • October 11, 2016 at 10:02 am

    The Forsling move really looks like a gem now. C-Den has never shown to be more than a fringe NHL player. Should be exciting to see how Goose plays at the NHL level

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