Drafting A Winner: The Last 10 Years of Chicago Blackhawks 1st Round Picks

We took a somewhat painful look back at the last ten years of Cubs and White Sox first round draft picks before the MLB Draft earlier this week.

Now, as the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning get set to play a best-of-three scenario to decide the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion, let’s take a walk back through the last decade of Hawks first round picks.

From these picks, there were a few undeniable busts and two future Hall of Famers. The last five players selected haven’t shown us much in the NHL yet, but there’s reason to be excited about their futures in Chicago.

For every Blackhawks draft pick since 1991, click here.

One fun footnote:

On Feb. 4, 2010, the rights to the 24th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft were traded from New Jersey to Atlanta in the blockbuster deal sending Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils. Also included in the package sent to the Thrashers was defenseman Johnny Oduya, who would wind up in Chicago two years later. The Hawks acquired the 24th pick in the deal sending, among others, Dustin Byfuglien to Atlanta at the 2010 Draft.


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