Saturday, June 23, 2012
Blackhawks round out depth chart
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.
It all started with a nice surprise. Teräväinen was in the top 10 of several teams' lists -- even top five for one general manager -- but fell as a run on defensemen took over midway through the first round on Friday. The Hawks grabbed him at No. 18.
"To be honest, we didn't talk much about him over the last three weeks," Blackhawks director of scouting Mark Kelley said. "We didn't have a nameplate for him because we didn't expect him to be there. ... As the picks got closer we didn't talk as much. At that point it seems like every time you bring up a guy's name you color (jinx) him. You don't want to color him."
Kelley likened it to talking about a shutout mid-game.
On Saturday, the Hawks selected defenseman Dillon Fournier from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with their second-round pick and 48th overall.
Fournier, 18, is a puck-moving left-hander listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds. He had nine goals and 29 assists playing for Rouyn-Noranda in 2011-12.
"Fournier really excites me," Kelley said. "He has good size and he's really, really comfortable with the puck. He plays an aggressive-type gap style. I wouldn't say he's a big physical guy but he competes hard and battles hard."
In the third round, with the 79th overall pick, the Hawks drafted right winger Chris Calnan from the Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts. Calnan had 28 goals and 27 assists in 27 games last season. He's the nephew of former Hawks' great Jeremy Roenick.
"He's a great inspiration to me," Calnan said after being selected. "It's crazy since he played in Chicago. He's probably pumped right now."
The Hawks traded their fourth-round pick to San Jose for the 191st pick in this year's draft and the Sharks' fourth-round pick next year.
In the fifth round, 139th overall, the Hawks chose left winger Garret Ross of the OHL's Saginaw Spirit. Ross had 25 goals and 29 assists playing with Hawks' top prospect Brandon Saad last season.
"I got a text from the general manager of the Saginaw Spirit, he said, 'Mark you have a warrior,'" Kelley said of Ross.
Also in the fifth round, 149th overall, the Hawks took defenseman Travis Brown from Moose Jaw of the WHL.
In the sixth round, 169th overall, the Hawks selected forward and Bartlett, Ill., native Vincent Hinostroza from Waterloo of the USHL. Hinostroza drove from Chicago to Pittsburgh with his father on Friday.
He plans on playing for Waterloo one more season before attending Notre Dame. Hinostroza says he's been a Hawks' fan his whole life.
"Since I was little it's always been a dream to be (taken) by Chicago," he said. "I never thought this day would come. I'm just really excited."
In the seventh round, with the pick they received in the trade with San Jose, the Hawks chose 6-foot-5 goalie Brandon Whitney from the Victoriaville Tigers of the QMJHL. Whitney was 22-4-4 last year with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage for the Tigers.
The Hawks took a second goaltender in the seventh round, 199th overall, in Matt Tompkins from Sherwood Park of the AJHL.
"Except for the first round, we had goaltenders we were talking about and we were waiting," Kelley said. "What we were doing (each round) is putting the value on the goaltender and who else was there. We did not go in with a real deep goaltender list and both these kids were on our list."