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By: Adam Rogowin

Chicago grabs six centers and two defenseman in the 47th annual draft

The Chicago Blackhawks drafted center Brandon Pirri (59th overall), center Daniel DeLisle (89th overall), center Byron Froese (119th overall), center Marcus Kruger (149th overall), center David Pacan (177th overall), defenseman and Darien native Paul Phillips (195th overall) and center David Gilbert (209th overall) to complete the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday. On Friday, Chicago drafted defenseman Dylan Olsen from the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League with its first round selection (28th overall).

Blackhawks 2009 NHL Draft Recap:
First Round: Dylan Olsen, D, Camrose Kodiaks (28th overall)
Second Round: Brandon Pirri, C, Georgetown Raiders (59th overall)
Third Round: Daniel DeLisle, C/LW, Totino-Grace High School (89th overall)
Fourth Round: Byron Froese, C, Everett Silvertips (119th overall)
Fifth Round: Marcus Kruger, C, Djurgarden/Djurgarden Jr., Sweden (149th overall)
Sixth Round: David Pacan, C, Cumberland Grads (177th overall)*
Seventh Round: Paul Phillips, D, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (195th overall)**
Seventh Round: David Gilbert, C, Quebec Remparts (209th overall)
* Selection acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, in exchange for the Blackhawks’ fifth round pick in 2010
** Selection acquired from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Magnus Johansson on Jan. 10, 2008

Blackhawks Saturday (Rounds Two through Seven) Draft Pick Bios:

Pirri, 18, ranked third in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with 46 goals and 94 points in just 44 games with the Streetsville Derbys and Georgetown Raiders. The Toronto native started the regular season with Streetsville, posting 49 points (21G, 28A) in 18 contests before being traded to Georgetown for the final 26 matchups (25G, 20A). He paced Georgetown with eight goals, 13 assists and 21 points in 14 postseason tilts, leading the club to the division finals. Pirri (6-0, 160), who is slated to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC) in the fall, has racked up 144 points (64G, 80A) in 84 career OJHL games spanning two seasons with Streetsville (2007-09) and Georgetown (2008-09).

DeLisle, 18, led Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, Minnesota with 30 goals, 22 assists and 52 points in 24 games during the 2008-09 season. A native of Minneapolis, DeLisle (6-4, 222) captained Totino-Grace during his senior campaign and finished as a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award, given to the outstanding senior boys high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota. He is committed to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the fall.

Froese, 18, ranked second on the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips with 38 assists and third with 57 points while appearing in all 72 regular-season games as a rookie. The Winkler, Manitoba, native’s 38 assists ranked third among WHL rookies, while his 57 points finished fourth. Froese (5-11, 191) also dished out three assists in five postseason tilts with the Silvertips. He was a member of Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF Under-18 World Championships, posting seven points (4G, 3A) in six contests.

Kruger, 19, made his Swedish Elite League debut with Djurgarden last season, posting four points (2G, 2A) and two penalty minutes in 15 games. The Stockholm native spent the majority of the campaign with Djurgarden Jr. (Sweden-Jr.) registering 30 assists, 39 points and a +21 plus/minus rating in 34 contests. Kruger (5-11, 172) also recorded six points (G, 5A) in six postseason tilts with Djurgarden Jr.

Pacan, 18, ranked fourth on the Central Junior A Hockey League’s Cumberland Grads with 60 points and held fifth with 22 goals and 38 assists in 58 games. The Ottawa, Ontario, native bagged ten of his 22 goals on the power play during the regular season, second-best on the club, while his 78 penalty minutes finished third. He paced the club with six assists and ranked second with eight points in six postseason outings. Pacan (6-3, 187) has spent the last two seasons with Cumberland, racking up 94 points (34G, 60A) and 108 penalty minutes in 118 regular-season matchups.

Phillips, 17, ranked second among Cedar Rapids (United States Hockey League) defensemen with eight goals, 25 assists and 33 points (8th-best among USHL defensemen) while being one of two players to skate in all 60 regular-season games. The Darien, Illinois, native collected 15 (3G, 12A) of his 33 points on the power play, while also finishing his second USHL campaign with six penalty minutes in five postseason outings. Phillips (6-1, 195), who is committed to attend Denver University (WCHA) in the fall, collected 36 points (9G, 27A) and 81 penalty minutes in 103 career regular-season matchups with Cedar Rapids.

Gilbert, 18, ranked eighth on the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 32 assists and tied for eighth with 43 points in 67 regular-season games. The Chateauguay, Quebec, native finished second among team centers with a 54.0 faceoff winning percentage during the regular season  before collecting six goals and eight points in 17 postseason tilts to help the Remparts reach the QMJHL semifinals. Gilbert (6-2, 176) made his QMJHL debut in 2007-08, accruing 14 points (7G, 7A) in 28 outings with Quebec.

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