Bryan Bickell was chosen in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He signed a three-year entry-level contract in June of 2006 with the Blackhawks. He had a successful career in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and the Windsor Spitfires. Bickell enjoyed his best season in 2005-06 with 45 goals and 85 points, 18th in scoring in the league.
2007-08: Bickell spent the majority of the season in Rockford, where he was third on the team in goals (19) and sixth in total points (39). He also performed well in the playoffs, tallying five points in 12 games. Bickell even saw limited action in Chicago but failed to register a point with the team. He toned down his physical play to some extent but still possesses the size and strength to dominate opponents when necessary.
2009-10: Bickell got several call-ups to the big club this season. The bruising power forward has brought a physical style to the ‘Hawks fourth line when given the opportunity. He has also provided some skill with a game-winner among his three goals and one assist in 16 NHL games. He spent most of the year in Rockford, where he has put up 16 goals and 15 assists in 65 games.
Bickell has always had the ability to take over shifts since he is a huge, strong and powerful hitter, a good skater with a heavy shot. However, his effort and interest levels have also been questionable over the years.
Bickell was dealt along with Teuvo Teravainen by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for two draft picks.