DRAFT HAS HAD MAJOR IMPACT ON ICEHOGS SINCE 2007-08

By: Chris Etheridge
06/21/2010 11:03 AM - Rockford, Ill.- The future of the Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Blackhawks will be on display on Friday and Saturday at the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Los Angeles.  The 30 teams will make a total of 210 picks.  The Blackhawks have eight picks starting with the 30th overall.

Of the 93 players who have worn an IceHogs sweater since the team joined the American Hockey League, 54 (58 percent) came into professional hockey through the draft.  And of those 54 players, 31 of them came to Rockford as Blackhawks picks.

A total of 12 players from the 2004, including Dave Bolland, Bryan Bickell, Jake Dowell and Kris Versteeg, have skated for Rockford, the most of any draft class.  The 2005 draft is close behind with 11 players, including Troy Brouwer, Jack Skille and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Below are a few facts about the NHL draft picks that have played for the Rockford IceHogs:

Highest draft pick to play for the IceHogs:  Cam Barker (3rd overall in 2004 with Blackhawks)

Lowest draft pick to play for IceHogs:  Sean McMorrow (258th overall in 2000 with Buffalo)

Lowest Blackhawks draft pick to play for IceHogs:  Dustin Byfuglien (245th overall in 2000)

First Round Draft Selections to play for the IceHogs:
Kyle Beach, 11th overall (2008) by Blackhawks
Jack Skille, 7th overall (2005) by Blackhawks
Cam Barker, 3rd overall (2004) by Blackhawks
Hannu Toivonen, 29th overall (2002) by Bruins
Nick Boynton, 21st overall (1999) by Bruins and 9th overall (1997) by Capitals
Sergei Samsonov, 8th overall (1997) by Bruins
Dan Cloutier, 26th overall (1994) by Rangers

Picks by draft year to play with IceHogs:
2009: 1 (Gilbert)
2008: 4 (Beach, Carlson, Lalonde, Smith)
2007: 2 (Aliu, Tanguay)
2006: 2 (Danis-Pepin, Palmer)
2005: 11 (Bertram, Blunden, Brophey, Brouwer, Charlebois, Davis, Fallon, Hjalmarsson, Hobson, Skille, Turner)
2004: 12 (Barker, Berti, Bickell, Bolland, Brent, Dowell, Kontiola, Paiement, Pineault, Sawyer, Stephenson, Versteeg)
2003: 5 (Brodeur, Byfuglien, Crawford, Fraser, Richmond)
2002: 2 (Toivonen, Wisniewski)
2001: 5 (Archer, Bois, Johnson, Keith, Petiot)
2000: 2 (Koci, McMorrow)
1999: 1 (Boynton)
1998: 2 (Fahey, Flinn)
1997: 1 (Samsonov)
1994: 1 (Cloutier)
1991: 1 (Cullimore)
1988: 2 (Christian, Flaherty)

Number of Players Picked by Round:
First Round: 7 (Barker, Beach, Boynton, Cloutier, Samsonov, Skille, Toivonen)
Second Round: 14 (Aliu, Bertram, Bickell, Blunden, Bolland, Christian, Crawford, Cullimore, Danis-Pepin, Davis, Keith, Pineault, Richmond, Stephenson)
Third Round: 8 (Berti, Bois, Brent, Brophey, Fraser, Johnson, Lalonde, Tanguay)
Fourth Round: 3 (Hjalmarsson, Palmer, Petiot)
Fifth Round: 7 (Dowell, Flinn, Koci, Sawyer, Turner, Versteeg, Wisniewski)
Sixth Round: 4 (Carlson, Charlebois, Fallon, Smith)
Seventh Round: 6 (Archer, Brodeur, Brouwer, Gilbert, Hobson, Kontiola)
Eighth Round: 4 (Byfuglien, Fahey, McMorrow, Paiement)
Ninth Round: 1 (Flaherty)

Draft picks by position:
Center: 8
Wings: 15
Defense: 15
Goalies: 5

Most games played by a draft pick: Evan Brophey, 232



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