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How the 2012-13 Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks Were Built

by Bill Placzek on Jun. 25, 2013

Working from the final goal backward:

 
The Blackhawks retain Bolland over Ladd Byfuglien or Versteeg.
 
The scouting staff finds and selects Marcus Kruger in the 5th round in 2009.
 
Hawks trade for Michael Frolik in February 9, 2011.
  • These two form the fourth line for the Hawks, and Frolik and Kruger become the best penalty-killing tandem in the league, using their speed, quick sticks, and quick strike wall work to put teams back on the ears game in and game out. Both score BIG goals in the playoffs.
The scouting staff finds and selects Andrew Shaw in the 5th round in 2011.
 
The scouting staff finds and selects Brandon Saad in the 2nd round in 2011.
  • These two players come in as rookies and make solid contributions, Shaw starting the year before.
  • More than anything they are able to round out the team's forward position so the club has almost 16 good balanced and quick players upfront.
The Blackhawks trade 2nd & 3rd round picks in this years strong draft to acquire Johnny Oduya, and add another quick footed two way defender who helps solidify the backline's speed.
 
The Hawks sign UFA Micheal Rozival (in what seemed to be an after-thought or a precursor to a trade of one of the other defenders).
  • He rounded-out the starters into the quickest up-ice pairing this league has ever seen.
Hawks acquire Michal Handzus prior to the faded deadline 2013 by giving San Jose back the 4th round pick that the Sharks had traded to the hawks last year to move up in the draft.
  • In his second tour of duty with the Hawks he provided physicality and filled the second-line center role for Chicago, as Bolland was still not 100% when the playoffs started. Handzus continued in this role while playing with a broken wrist and torn MCL.
These are the moves around that core group that got the Hawks there, by becoming "core" guys in their own right, around a masterful coaching performance by Joel Queneville.