The Chicago Blackhawks were in the fortunate position of having the third overall draft pick in the 2004 draft, as well as four picks in the second round, which helped to address their needs. The Hawks took two defensemen and 15 forwards, and this was the first year since 1997 that Chicago didn’t draft a goalie. Of the players drafted, six are from the OHL, four are from the WHL, four played in Europe, one is from the USHL, one is from the AJHL and one from the WCHA.
Cam Barker D, first round #3 overall
6’3” 214, Medicine Hat (WHL)
With their first pick Chicago selected Cam Barker, the rugged defenseman from Medicine Hat who was widely considered to be the best defenseman available in the 2004 draft.
Barker is a big powerful blueliner who is a deceptively strong skater, at times he looks like he is gliding when in fact his stride just looks that effortless. Physical and alert in his own end, he is even better offensively. He quarterbacked the power play and has terrific passing abilities.
When asked about coming to Chicago during a rebuilding phase, he said on Saturday, “Chicago is definitely rebuilding. So picking a defenseman, you know they have a lot of talented guys in that group. So I am really looking forward to trying to make that team and it’s a great future for them.”
During the 2003-2004 campaign, Barker tallied 79 points making him the highest scored defenseman on the team. He played for team Cherry at the 2004 Top Prospects Game.
Dave Bolland C/RW, second round #32 overall
6’0” 171, London (OHL)
With their second pick overall, the Blackhawks went with Dave Bolland of the London Knights. Bolland is an under sized forward that was a potential first rounder that dropped to the second round and should be a solid acquisition for the Blackhawks.
He registered 80 points with the London Knights during the 2003-2004 season.
Bryan Bickell LW, second round #41 overall
6’3” 210, Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Chicago made up for Bolland’s lack of size by selecting Bryan Bickell of the Ottawa 67’s with their third pick.
The bruising winger patrolled Ottawa’s left wing during the 2003-2004 campaign and was an effective force with his hard shot and his willingness to crash the net.
The knock on Bickell is his occasional lack of motivation and his average skating abilities.
Bryan registered 39 points for the 67’s during the 2003-2004 season. He also played hockey with Dave Bolland with Toronto Red Wings organization.
Ryan Garlock LW, second round #45 overall
6’0” 202, Guelph/Windsor (OHL)
Garlock is a smooth, quick skater, a dependable two-player that competes hard every shift and does well in the faceoff circle. Garlock came down with several injuries in 2003-2004.
He tallied 48 points in 2003-2004 while splitting time between the Guelph Storm and the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.
Jakub Sindel C, second round #54 overall
6’0” 172, Sparta (Czech)
Jakub Sindel is a pure goal scorer with blazing speed, soft hands and a nose for the net. He will need to improve his strength and defensive game before making the jump to the NHL.
Sindel registered 6 points for Sparta of the Czech league in 2003-2004 and also played for the Czech world junior team.
Adam Berti C, third round #68 overall
6’2” 188, Oshawa (OHL)
Chicago picked up yet another power forward in Scarborough, Ontario native Adam Berti.
Berti is a big, strong, solid skater that isn’t afraid to crash the net and takes care of his own end as well. He will need to add some weight to his frame in order to succeed at the next level.
Berti chipped in 46 points with the Oshawa Generals in 2003-2004 and also played for team Canada at the world juniors.
Mitch Maunu D, fourth round #120 overall
6’1” 205, Oshawa (OHL)
Maunu is an offensive-minded defenseman that knows when to join the rush and is a good open-ice body checker.
Maunu registered 26 points with the Windsor Spitfires on the OHL during 2003-2004
Karel Hromas LW, fourth round #123 overall
6’2” 189, Sparta (Czech)
Hromas is an intense competitor that likes to throw his weight around and if effective in both ends of the ice.
He picked up 20 points during the 2003-2004 season with Sparta.
Trevor Kell RW, fifth round #131 overall
5’11” 170, London (OHL)
Trevor Kell is yet another OHL pick and is somewhat of an undersized forward that played on the London’s second line matched up against the opponent’s top line.
Kell chipped in 38 points during the 2003-2004 season.
Jacob Dowell C, fifth round #140 overall
6’0” 195, Wisconsin (WCHA)
Jacob Dowell is a forward that likes the physical aspect of the game, is great at faceoffs and plays on both the power play and penalty-killing units.
Dowell recorded 17 points with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2003-2004. He was also a member of team USA’s world junior championship team that won gold in 2004.
Scott McCulloch LW, sixth round #165 overall
6’0” 195, Grande Prairie (AJHL)
The Blackwawks picked up Scott McCulloch with their 165th pick in the sixth round.
McCulloch will attend Colorado College in the fall of 2004. He recorded 49 points in 2003-2004 with Grand Prairie.
Petri Kontiola C/W, seventh round #196 overall
6’0” 197, Tappara (FIN)
The Blackwawks picked up Petri Kontiola with their 196th pick in the seventh round.
Kontiola had 13 points in 39 games with Tappara during the 2003-2004 season.
Troy Brouwer RW, seventh round #214 overall
6’1” 216, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Brouwer was used primarily as a checker in 2003-2004 due to his strong forechecking and defensive play. He was also given some time on the point during special teams play.
Brouwer was third on the team in scoring with 49 points and also racked up 111 PIMs.
Jared Walker RW, seventh round #223 overall
6’3” 183, Red Deer (WHL)
Walker was used primarily in a checking winger in 2003-2004 and chipped in with 19 points. He will have to add some bulk to his tall frame before he moves on to the next level.
Eric Hunter C, seventh round #229 overall
6’1” 192, Prince George (WHL)
Hunter is an above average skater, has a good shot and uses his speed effectively.
Hunter was fourth in team scoring during the 2003-2004 season with 42 points.
Matthew Ford RW, eighth round #256 overall
6’0” 200, Sioux Falls (USHL)
Ford is a sniper that tied for the league lead in goals last year with 37 and also garnered the top rookie of the year honors in the USHL.
He will attend the University of Wisconsin for the 2004-2005 season.
Marko Anttila RW, ninth round #260 overall
6’7” 200, Lempaala (FIN)
Anttila is a raw player that should play for the Finnish team Ilves during the 2004-2005 season.
He recorded 38 points for Lempaala during the 2003-2004 campaign.
Guy Flaming contributed to this article.
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