Chicago Blackhawks: Draft

Hawks take Illinois native Hartman at No. 30

June, 30, 2013
Powers By Scott Powers
The Chicago Blackhawks drafted West Dundee, Ill. native and Plymouth Whalers (OHL) forward Ryan Hartman with the No. 30 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL draft on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Hartman, who is 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, had 23 goals, 37 assists and a plus-29 rating in 56 games for the Whalers last season. He was ranked No. 23 among ESPN’s top-50 2013 draft prospects.

“Today's game requires a high level of grit and this American forward is the epitome of character,” ESPN’s analysis of Hartman included. “He does all the little things: blocks shots, takes a hit to make a play and will fight when the situation presents itself. He has underrated skill and with natural physical maturity he will find a way to play. He is the type of player coaches want to put into the lineup.”

During the draft, the Blackhawks traded forward Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the No. 51 and No. 117 overall picks in the 2013 draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

The Blackhawks also acquired the No. 74 and 134 overall picks in the 2013 draft from the Winnipeg Jets for forward Michal Frolik. The Blackhawks also traded the No. 117 and 151 overall picks in the 2013 draft to the San Jose Sharks for the No. 111 overall pick in the 2013 draft and a fifth-round pick in 2014.

The Blackhawks drafted Linkoping Jr. (Sweden) defenseman Carl Dahlstrom with the No. 51 pick. The 18-year-old Dahlstrom, who is 6-foot-3 and 191 pounds, had five goals, eight assists and a plus-12 rating in 37 games for Linkoping last season.

The Blackhawks drafted USA U-18 forward John Hayden, who was born in Chicago, with the No. 74 selection. The 18-year-old Hayden had 15 goals and 14 assists in 45 games with the U.S. national team last season. He is a Yale University recruit.

The Blackhawks added a second Swedish defenseman in Robin Norell with the No. 111 pick. The 18-year-old Norell, who is 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, had 10 goals, seven assists and a plus-16 rating in 30 games for Djurgarden U-18 (Sweden) last season.

The Blackhawks’ other draft picks included 18-year-old USHL forward Tyler Motte at No. 121, 18-year-old USHL forward Luke Johnson at No. 134, 18-year-old USHL forward Anthony Louis, who is from Winfield, Ill., at No. 181 and 18-year-old Swedish defenseman Robin Press at No. 211.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman was participating in his fourth draft since being named to the position in 2009. His past first-round selections were forward Teuvo Teravainen at No. 18 overall in 2012, forward Mark McNeill at No. 18 overall and forward Phillip Danault at No. 26 overall in 2011 and forward Kevin Hayes at No. 24 overall in 2010.

Two players drafted by Bowman have played in the NHL so far. Forward Brandon Saad was drafted in the second round, No. 43 overall in the 2011 draft and was a Calder Trophy finalist during the 2013 season. Forward Andrew Shaw was drafted in the fifth round, No. 139 overall in 2011 and has appeared in 85 games for the Blackhawks the past two seasons.

The Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup roster included six former first-round selections, five second-round picks, two third-round picks, five fourth-round picks, two fifth-round picks, two sixth-round picks, one seventh-round pick and four undrafted players.

The former first-round selections included Patrick Kane (No. 1 in 2007 by the Blackhawks), Jonathan Toews (No. 3 in 2006 by the Blackhawks), Michal Frolik (No. 10 in 2006 by the Florida Panthers), Marian Hossa (No. 12 in 1996 by the Ottawa Senators), Brent Seabrook (No. 14 in 2003 by the Blackhawks) and Nick Leddy (No. 16 in 2009 by Minnesota Wild).

Recent draft picks set for Prospects Camp

July, 8, 2012
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- While the front office works on the present, the Chicago Blackhawks will have their future on display this week when they hold their annual Prospects Camp at Johnny’s IceHouse West (2550 West Madison).

The camp will feature 52 players and be highlighted by this year’s draft class, including highly touted first-round pick Teuvo Teravainen, Chris Calnan (79th overall and the nephew of former Hawks star Jeremy Roenick) and Bartlett native Vincent Hinostroza (169th overall). Seventh-round picks Matt Tomkins and Brandon Whitney, both goalies, will also be attending. Draft picks from previous years will be on hand as well, including Mark McNeill (first round, 2011), Kevin Hayes (first round, 2010) and Brandon Saad (second round, 2011).

Almost every Hawks draft pick currently on the team participated in Prospects Camp before their NHL careers began, including Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

Camp opens with practices on Monday (12:30-3:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.) followed by three days of scrimmages. All sessions are open to the public.

Blackhawks round out depth chart

June, 23, 2012
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
PITTSBURGH -- Day 2 of the 2012 NHL draft for the Chicago Blackhawks was about getting variety. General manager Stan Bowman wanted to "round out" his "depth chart" after selecting highly skilled Finnish forward Teuvo Teräväinen in the first round on Friday.

"We were able to accomplish what we wanted," Bowman said after the draft. "We got a mixture of different positions, different style players. We got some skill, we got some size, we got a couple of goaltenders."

In all, the Hawks drafted four forwards, two defensemen and two goalies during the seven-round, two-day event.

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Blackhawks not involved in draft-day trades

June, 22, 2012
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
PITTSBURGH -- While several centers and a defenseman changed teams on Friday night during the NHL draft. the Chicago Blackhawks weren’t involved in any of the trade action. But that doesn’t mean something won’t happen soon.

“We’ve talked a lot,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “There’s been a lot of talk over the last week or so but nothing panned out. It might be a misconception you have to get it all done before the draft. Unless you’re trading draft picks, you don’t have to get it done before the draft.”

Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal was destined to end up in Carolina with his brother Eric Staal after turning down an extension with the Penguins, but Dallas forward Mike Ribeiro was also moved on Friday. The Stars traded him to Washington for Cody Eakin and a second-round pick. Ribeiro is in the last year of a deal which pays him $5 million. He had 63 points last season.

“We looked at a lot of guys,” Bowman said in response to possible interest in Ribeiro. “I’m not going to say we were necessarily in on one trade and not on another trade. We’re willing to do things if it makes sense and when it does we’ll pull the trigger. We’re not hesitant to do that.”

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Blackhawks draft Teuvo Teravainen

June, 22, 2012
Rogers By Jesse Rogers

PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Blackhawks think they got a steal when they drafted Finnish forward Teuvo Teravainen with the 18th pick in the NHL entry draft on Friday night. Teravainen was considered by many experts to be a Top 5 pick.

"We're really excited that he was still available when we picked," general manager Stan Bowman said. "We had him much higher on our list. To get him at the 18th spot was really impressive. We're thrilled with it.

"He's a dynamic offensive player. He has great hands. He's got the ability to make plays. He's a gifted offensive player. The talent that you can get at that level picking at the 18th spot was pretty impressive."

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Adam Clendening, Brandon Saad drafted

June, 25, 2011
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Chicago Blackhawks took a defenseman and a winger with their two picks in the second round of the 2011 NHL draft.

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Hawks sign Notre Dame D Lavin

April, 11, 2011
The Chicago Blackhawks signed Notre Dame defenseman Joe Lavin to a two-year contract, which begins at the start of next 2011-12 season.

After helping lead the Irish to the Frozen Four, the ND captain played with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL and had an assist in his pro debut.

Lavin notched six goals and 11 assists as a Notre Dame senior.

He was originally a Hawks' fifth-round pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft.

Hawks busy with later draft rounds

June, 26, 2010
The Chicago Blackhawks selected winger Ludwig Rensfeldt on Saturday in the second round of the NHL draft in Los Angeles.

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