2010 NHL Draft: How Chicago Blackhawks Could Shape the First Few Rounds

June 15th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
When the upcoming NHL Draft arrives, there will be a lot of hungry teenagers hoping to hear their names called. There will also be a lot of general managers hoping to find a jewel late in the draft. These two groups of people will be excited to be in Los Angeles.

A third group might not be as excited.

There are some players that will undoubtedly be dealt before or during the early rounds of the draft. Just as the Philadelphia Flyers dealt their 2010 first round pick to the Anaheim Ducks in the deal for Chris Pronger last summer, there will be teams hoping to turn the potential of a teenager into the experience of an elite veteran.

This is where the Chicago Blackhawks enter the picture.

The Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup, but have well-documented work to do to get their 2010-11 roster under the salary cap. They have a number of restricted free agents that will likely be on the block, and will have some emerging young stars that could be wearing a different sweater next year as a cap casualty.

In the first two rounds, the Blackhawks already have three picks (30, 43, and 60 overall). However, that number could swell to f ...

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