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The 2019 NHL Draft will not be the first time Chicago has held or used the third overall pick

by Chris Wescott /

The Chicago Blackhawks earned the third-overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft during Tuesday night's NHL Draft Lottery. They moved all the way up from 12, beginning the night with a 2.5% chance to win it all.

There's plenty of history for the franchise with the third-overall pick, including two players named to the NHL's list of 100 Greatest Players of All-Time.

The last time Chicago selected in that spot, they chose Jonathan Toews in the 2006 draft. That has worked out just fine for the Blackhawks as he's turned into their captain and an all-time great for the franchise. Toews was named one of the NHL's 100 Greatest Players. He has played in 873 regular season NHL games and has scored 327 goals and recorded 428 assists for a total of 755 points. He is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion and has totaled 110 points (40G, 70A) in 128 postseason games.

In 1984, Chicago selected Eddie Olczyk, who skated in more than 1,000 NHL games, recording nearly 800 points (342G, 452A). He is now a beloved color commentator for NHL on NBC and the Blackhawks.

Another player on the NHL's list of greatest to ever play is Denis Savard, who Chicago selected third overall in 1980. Savard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000 after an NHL career that saw him skate in 1,196 regular season games and compile more than 1,300 points. He now serves as an ambassador for the franchise.

The Blackhawks also chose Cam Barker in that spot in 2004 and Terry Caffery in 1966.

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