How The Blackhawks Were Built – Forwards

Ahead of Game Five, we’ve already looked back at how the Blackhawks put together their goaltenders and defensemen. Now, let’s remember how this group of forwards was constructed.

Toews Draft


  • Jonathan Toews – 1st round, 3rd overall – 2006
  • Patrick Kane – 1st round, 1st overall – 2007
  • Marcus Kruger – 5th round, 149th overall – 2009
  • Joakim Nordstrom – 3rd round, 90th overall – 2010
  • Andrew Shaw – 5th round, 139th overall – 2011
  • Teuvo Teravainen – 1st round, 18th overall – 2012

Saad VAN


  • Bryan Bickell – draft pick rights (2nd round, 41st overall – originally owned by Los Angeles) in the 2004 NHL Draft were acquired with Jim Vandermeer and Colin Fraser from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Alexei Zhamnov on Feb. 19, 2004.
  • Patrick Sharp – acquired with Eric Meloche from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Matt Ellison and a 3rd round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft (#66 – Ryan White) on Dec. 5, 2005.
  • Brandon Saad – draft pick rights (2nd round, 43rd overall – originally owned by Calgary) in the 2011 NHL Draft were acquired with a 3rd round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft (#69 – Mike Paliotta) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2nd round pick (#32 – Jared Knight) in the 2010 NHL Draft on Sept. 5, 2009.
  • Kris Versteegacquired with Philippe Lefebvre from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes on Nov. 14, 2013.
  • Antoine Vermetteacquired from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Klas Dahlbeck and a 1st round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (TBD) on Feb. 28, 2015.
  • Andrew Desjardinsacquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Ben Smith and a 7th round pick in 2017 (TBD) on March 2, 2015.

BONUS: the pick the Blackhawks traded to Toronto (#32 overall in 2010) in exchange for the picks used on Saad and Paliotta was originally owned by… the Maple Leafs. Toronto traded the pick to Montreal in the deal that brought Mikhail Grabovski to the Leafs in July of 2008. On Sept. 12, 2008, the Habs dealt the pick to Chicago for Robert Lang. After re-acquiring the pick from Chicago in September of 2009, Toronto traded it as part of the package that brought Phil Kessel from Boston.

The Blackhawks effectively traded Robert Lang for Brandon Saad and Mike Paliotta in 2008.

hossa kopecky


  • Marian Hossa
  • Brad Richards

6 thoughts on “How The Blackhawks Were Built – Forwards

  • June 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Pretty nice that you can find guys like Kruger and Shaw in the fifth round. Picks like those make the difference between average and top tier results at year-end.

  • June 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Hard to believe Krugs only just turned 25 this spring.

  • June 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    prediction-Hawks lose big tonite… luck is going to finally run out…

  • June 14, 2015 at 1:45 am

    As wrong as incest.

  • June 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Tab- I will make my next prediction – Monday @ 6:39 pm- just to keep the stars and moons aligned!!!

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