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02-29-2008, 10:12 AM
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Looking Back at Hawks 1st Rounders

I just wanted to see what everyone thought of how the Hawks have done with their 1st round picks in the draft for the last 10 years? How would you grade each individual?

1997
13. Daniel Cleary
16. Ty Jones

1998
8. Mark Bell

1999
23. Steve McCarthy

2000
10. Mikhail Yakubov
11. Pavel Yorobiev

2001
9. Tuomo Ruutu
29. Adam Munro

2002
21. Anton Babchuk

2003
14. Brent Seabrook

2004
3. Cam Barker

2005
7. Jack Skille

2006
3. Jonathan Toews

2007
1. Patrick Kane

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02-29-2008, 10:25 AM
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last 5 years look pretty damn good. before that.....

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That is some pretty solid work in the past few. Barker is a stud.

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Alot of those guys look great in the current system - others need(ed) a change of scenery - and some don't play in the NHL, so it is hard to judge.

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There's a lot of "C" grades in that list, but the last couple of years make it at least palatable to recall the misses.

Thank goodness it's only the last 10 and not 20 years.

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vorobiev are babchuk never really got a chance...

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The last two years have been amazing

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Vorobiev i liked! He played solid his only real shot here but was run out of organization!

I still wonder if Babchuk would have developed into our PP qb if we would have given him more time!

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Vorobiev i liked! He played solid his only real shot here but was run out of organization!

I still wonder if Babchuk would have developed into our PP qb if we would have given him more time!
With all due respect, I could not disagree with you more.

Vorobiev was treated like a family member by the Blackhawks. A Russian doctor botched his knee reconstruction, so the Hawks brought him over for a full year before he could play, set him up with a Russian family to live with so he could rehab and learn the language. When he got on the ice, he dogged it, never backchecked, gave up on plays. And when the Hawks recommended he go back to Russia, he trashed them in the press.

In spite of his obvious skill, has anyone tried to trade for his rights? Answer: no.

Babchuk could be a solid #4 defenseman if he had a good attitude, which he didn't. Jim Rughterford tried to offer him around the league this pre-season for a 2nd round draft pick. No takers.

Cleary D+
Jones F
Bell C
McCarthy D+
Yak F
Voro F
Ruutu B-
Munro F
Babchuk D
Seabrook A
Barker B
Skille C-
Toews A
Kane A

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03-01-2008, 01:50 PM
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With the exception of the last 2 years......there isn't an impact player on that list.
Nothing but a bunch of terrible choices.....outside of Toews, Kane and Seabrook and the jury is still out on Seabrook.

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Skille C-
Just wondering why the C- for Skille?

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I'm not a big Skille fan. He is not nearly physical enough and he is a bit of a cherry picker. To me, he is sort of like a bigger Radim Vrbata, lots of speed up and down his wing, a lot of bad angle shots. I remind myself a lot that he just turned 20. I just feel his upside is 3rd line RW and a 7th overall pick should give you more.

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AxeCrew,

I generally agree with you but Seabrook is legit.

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drafting over the past 5 years has helped--but look at all the top ten picks though

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Top ten picks don't necessarily mean a whole lot. About half of the top 30 scorers are picked 1-3, most at 1st overall, then at 2nd, then a couple at 3rd. The other half are comprise a portion of first round picks which there are 1 or 2 in the top ten, a few outside the top ten but still in the first round. The remainder are absolute finds in the lower rounds (Detroit etc.) which many other teams passed on and which are a complete luck out for the team who drafts them and holds onto them. Some of the lower round picks have seen multiple teams.

Its well known the Hawks drafting over the past 20 years (outside of the last lets say 5 years) have been pathetic.

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