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Blackhawks choose across the board in 2010 NHL Draft

The Blackhawks are not wasting any time post-celebratory Stanley Cup win to make the big trades to free up their salary cap. With the Byfuglien/Eager/Sopel trade, then the Colin Fraser trade, and now the Kris Versteeg trade, the Blackhawks are in need of players all across the board. And in the 2010 draft, that is exactly what they have acquired.

1st Round, 24th Overall (from NJD)

The Blackhawks selected right-winger Kevin Hayes, who has previously committed to Boston College. The Blackhawks gained this pick from the Byfuglien/Eager/Sopel trade. In the 2009-10 season, Hayes suited up for Nobles High School. In 28 games, he scored 25 goals and had 42 assists. A strong skater with a long stride, Hayes is a threat to defenders, often beating them to the puck and having great puck control.

2nd Round, 35th Overall (from NYI)

Next, the Hawks chose the left-winger from Sweden, Ludvig Rensfeldt. In 39 games this past season, Rensfeldt had 21 goals and 29 assists. He ranked fourth in the league based on points (50 total) and second on his team. His size, hockey smarts, and puck handling skills will be an issue for opponents.

2nd Round, 54th Overall (from NYD)

High school defenseman Justin Holl was the Blackhawk’s next pick. At Minnetonka High School, he netted 17 goals and had 21 assists in 25 games. Holl was one of four captains that helped lead his team to a Section 6AA Championship.

2nd Round, 58th Overall (from SJS)

The Hawks decided to shake things up and select a goalie from Edmonton, Kent Simpson. While playing 38 games with Everett in the WHL, he had a 2.26 GAA and a .925 save percentage. Simpson recorded his first WHL shutout in his first career start, stopping all 28 shots.

2nd Round, 60th Overall

Stephen Jones was the Hawks’ next pick. Already committed to Notre Dame for the fall of 2010, the Blackhawks chose this defenseman because of his size. At 6’3″ and weighing 215 pounds he was already a threat on the USA U-18 Developmental team, and the Hawks are hoping the threat will continue. Playing in 23 games, he netted 1 goal and 7 assists, and was a plus-two with three assists at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships. He, along with Team USA, won the gold.

3rd Round, 90th Overall

The Blackhawks’ next three picks were centermen. The first being Joakim Nordstrom. This Swedish-born centerman played for Sweden’s AIK Jr. team, where he scored six goals and 9 assists in 28 games.

4th Round, 120th Overall

Rob Flick was the second centerman chosen by the Blackhawks. Flick, a Canadian native, played in the OHL for Mississauga. A rather large central force, he stands at 6’2″ and weighs 205, and will be a difficult match-up while taking the face-offs.

6th Round, 151st Overall (from EDM)

The final centerman, Mirko Hoefflin played for Mannheim JR team from Germany. In 24 games, he scored 32 goals and had 35 assists this past season.

6th Round, 180th Overall

The next selection by the Hawks was for Nick Mattson, a defenseman from the USHL. Mattson played for Indiana Ice this past season, in a total of 51 games, where he had 5 goals and 14 assists.

7th Round, 191st Overall (from DAL)

The final selection in the 2010 draft by the Blackhawks was for a goalie from the WHL. Macmillian Carruth played 26 games for the Portland Winter Hawks. In the past season he had a 3.41 GAA and a .893 save percentage. He also recorded one shut out.

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