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

  • June 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

    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

  • June 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    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.

  • June 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    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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