How the Blackhawks Were Built

Earlier today, we looked at the Hawks’ opponent in the Western Conference Final. How were the Los Angeles Kings built? Mostly through the draft, but they also needed to make a number of key trades to add pieces to the mix.

Similarly, the roster coach Joel Quenneville is sending out each night has been built largely though the draft. Let’s look at how the 2013-14 Blackhawks were put together.

toews draft


  • 2002
    2nd round – 54th overall – Duncan Keith
  • 2003
    1st round – 14th overall – Brent Seabrook
    2nd round – 52nd overall – Corey Crawford
  • 2004
    2nd round – 41st overall – Bryan Bickell
  • 2005
    4th round – 108th overall – Niklas Hjalmarsson
  • 2006
    1st round – 3rd overall – Jonathan Toews
  • 20071st round – 1st overall – Patrick Kane
  • 2008
    6th round – 169th overall – Ben Smith
  • 2009
    5th round – 149th overall – Marcus Kruger
  • 2011
    2nd round – 41st overall – Brandon Saad
    5th round – 139th overall – Andrew Shaw


  • Patrick Sharp – acquired from Philadelphia with Eric Meloche for Matt Ellison and a 3rd round pick in 2006.
  • Nick Leddy – acquired from Minnesota with Kim Johnsson for Cam Barker.
  • Johnny Oduya – acquired from Winnipeg for 2nd and 3rd round picks in 2013.
  • Kris Versteeg – acquired ¬†from Florida with Philippe Lefebvre for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen
  • Michal Handzus – acquired from San Jose for a 4th round pick in 2013.
  • Peter Regin – acquired from the New York Islanders with Pierre-Marc Bouchard for a 4th round pick in 2014.

Free Agents

  • Marian Hossa
  • Brandon Bollig
  • Michal Rozsival
  • Sheldon Brookbank
  • Antti Raanta


  • 11 players drafted
  • 6 players acquired by trade
  • 5 players as free agents

2 thoughts on “How the Blackhawks Were Built

  • May 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Looks a lot like the Kings. The Sharp trade was a steal. Leddy and Regin were pretty cheap.

  • May 29, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Leddy’s an interesting situation though…for 2 post seasons in a row Q has not played Nick like he trusts him. Leddy has been here long enough to have become a top 4 DMan and to be a key component of our Defence. From my perspective Leddy is these things, but Q is the coach. It will be tough to move Oduya if Q doesn’t value Leddy.

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